Saturday, March 26, 2005

multum in parvo

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Extelligence (detail) by Christina Neofotistou.

Is Dystropoppygus (the blog) Greek? In case you feel this is an invalid question, please reconsider: there are plenty of blogs today proudly bearing little buttons with miniature flags, announcing to the world that they are "Canadian" or "British" or whatever. Well, what the flags do is that they actually announce the respective bloggers' nationality. Given that the majority of blogs worldwide are scripted in english, one would think this makes sense. But what about team-blogs like ours? Of the three editors, one is a Greek citizen studying and teaching in Great Britain, another is a legal alien living and working in Greece and myself is certainly a Greek in Greece, carrying a decade of living abroad in my bags. Does that make the blog Greek? Well - I'd argue it takes more than the sum of its parts. Despite the fact that there's no clear editorial policy, there have been no posts of purely "greek" interest. The fact that two thirds of our readership got greek IPs must be due more to our blog-visiting (and -commenting) patterns than because our posts are particularly interesting to Greek readers. Even the blog's title doesn't immediately give us out as greek: sounds like a medical term to many -- aren't all medical terms greek anyway? There you have it.

If our non-Greek visitors and readers are now wondering where this is leading (our Greek readership, I fear, have stopped following me already), I assure you it's simple in the usual complique style of this writer. There are more "Greek" blogs than (like?) ours out there that you should know about and I feel one would benefit visiting those that have attracted my attention. Least this could lead to would be we're dropped (from blogrolls and links sections) in favor of some other fellow bloggers who appear to be representing the Greek "blog-flag" in a better manner than we do. Read on then.

Histologion (a greek word for 'blog') is definitely quite famous: Recipient of a Satin Pajama Award (1st Annual European Weblog Awards) in the "South Eastern European Blog" category and runner-up in the "Blog Deserving Wider Recognition" category, they proved theirs is a solid readership willing to carry them forward. This is a political blog not necessarily following the major headlines; rather, I read it as attempting to pinpoint general trends and decipher seemingly unrelated bits internationally so that the reader herself draws the connections. I don't know if the categorization "radical left" does justice to this blog (but that's AFOE's opinion). Note: There's a greek-language Histologion(-gr) also which is a completely different version, not a translation. My rating: Crisp. To-the-point. Near excellent overall. [Appropriate Music: Beethoven's Piano Concerto Nr.5 in E Flat, Op. 73 "Emperor", 3rd movement: Rondo (Allegro)]

Blogging within the tradition of "academic blogs" (what do you mean there's no such tradition to begin with?), Academia Nervosa supplies wit, humour and, more often than not, wrath. Based in London, England our blogress keeps one eye on the motherland (and it sure helps that she also keeps a separate greek-language blog which she updates in a more timely manner. Several of her posts stem from her academic interests and research (the Media) but there's a number criticizing bad attitudes at home. In her own words: "A flaneur in the world of academia." My rating: Always interesting reading, sometimes even blissful, but unhappily not getting the blogress' attention as required. [Music: Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis), Cowboy Junkies]

More blogs from academia: Steph's lessisapossibility doesn't really read academic at all. His texts and photos let the soul of an artist trapped in a scientist's body sneak out. Following the birth of his baby son, we increasingly glimpse at a a really happy (but at times desperate) new father. Recommendation: perhaps make this blog the basis of some children's story book? The art is there, so is the talent. [Music: DJ Tiësto's Athena, from the Parade of the Athletes, Athens 2004 Olympics]

Yet another London-based greek academic who casually forgets about his english-language blog, to heck with this! (His greek blog to be found here.) A cybernetics research fellow who takes shots at comprehending how the Brits think (often, he has his doubts that they do, actually), how little daily life utilities function, or even how his views of the Thames can be made better. A verdict? If only he would update more often... [Music: Steely Dan's Pixeleen, from Everything Must Go]

I know our own De(e)lumina would kick me should I fail to add her own personal blog within the "academia" contingent. Dee's (primarily) english-language blog bears the "unbearable" title ... Like pushing the prune into the rice pudding. It's a very personal account of her life in Britain - well, I won't say more. After all, I asked her to be part of Dystro, so this alone should suffice. [Music: Human, The Pretenders]

(to be continued)

5 Comments:

Blogger Steph said...

Dear Dystro,

how kind of you to mention my blog in your post. I hadn't realized how influenced my blog is by my little baby's appearance in my life. I browsed through my posts back to the beginning, and you are quite right, he's all over the place :-)

The suggested music is right on too!

I'll take your consideration into account. Just one correction, if I may. It's not talent. An inclination perhaps, but I wouldn't say talent... there's a lot of that around, usually where you least expect to find it, but not in my blog.

6:12 pm EEST  
Blogger sissoula said...

Steph, your modesty is really endearing, but you're starting to sound like a broken record (metaphor on the verge of obsolescence). First your schtick was that you weren't smart enough; now you say you're not talented (enough). Just let us like you.

And not just because of the buka.

11:13 am EEST  
Blogger Steph said...

No, you misunderstand me. I am not modest! I'm quite proud of the fact that I'm pretty decent at various disciplines, including my professional arena, painting and photography (not to mention woodcarving, I should post some of that :-), I can swim a mean 100m freestyle, I windsurf like there's no tomorrow (got some pictures to post from that domain too, including my recently mastered jibe), I speak 4 languages, I have a good sense of humor, I am good looking, my sperm count is way above average and I can recite various pieces of poetry by heart (most notably "Iiiii...mmmanuel Kant, was a real pissant, who was very rarely stable..." and I bet you know how that goes...). It's just that I am interested enough in the stuff I get involved in to follow what others are doing as well and, in all honesty, I believe what I wrote in my comment.

What can you do, I am a homo universalis mediocres! and that's just fine with me!

As for the smart enough part, oh, I am smart enough, but it's just that I am not really good at interpreting literature (because that's how I see the material that appears in this blog) of your style, with so many references, metaphores, and clearly influenced by a strong background in humanities or social sciences (at least that's the impression I get from many of your posts)!

Please like me! I like you (although STILL no sign of that ice-cream...)!

12:44 pm EEST  
Blogger sissoula said...

Steph, both modest and good-looking? The ice cream offer may be rescinded...
Dys, we're waiting for the continuation (and as a courtesy to our faithful readers, could you put the relevant links back in the blogroll?). Thanks.

6:07 pm EEST  
Anonymous christina neofotistou said...

Dystro, hi

there's my painting on your webpage!
wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

thanks!
kisses,
christina neofotistou
(currently 3 years old)

p.s. born and living in Greece
p.s.II cool blog

10:08 am EEST  

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