I could have filled an entire book with all of the things I had to say about this, but at least I seemed to have the last word in the article. Sadly I feel things have gone much to far to be turned around now, the article illustrates this perfectly, (though a part of me still holds hope for a smaller niche of mom blogs who do not believe in mixing parenting with advertising money). This supposedly democratic medium has already been eroded to such a great degree that I no longer trust in it. To be honest it has gone much further to the dark side than I ever could have imagined, (whole conferences dedicated to matching women up with advertisers and free stuff). I attended BlogHer several years ago and will never attend again, given the aisles of advertisers giving away free stuff so that you will talk about it on your site (even basted turkeys, yes it’s true). I have since turned down several of these “conferences” which exist solely to make money for advertisers.
I wish I could write here all of the things that didn’t get printed. I will try to find time to do so. But I have a little one who needs my attention. So for now the article will have to suffice.
I will still continue with my own little war against it. I do not attempt to win the war, but to exist as a voice for the opposition (there seem to be not many of us). My problem is really with our culture at large that values money over more important aspects of living (love, health, education, connection). Since giving birth to my children I have become more passionate about this than ever. What kind of world do I want them to live in?
I have a quote that says it better than I can right now:
We need to ask questions like ‘Why do we think that economic growth and high levels of consumption are so important?’ The conventional answer would be to point to the economic consequences of not having economic growth. But in deep ecology, we ask whether the present society fulfills the basic human needs like love and security and access to nature, and in do doing, we question our society’s underlying assumptions.
from Arne Naess’s 1973 paper “The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement”
It is the asking of questions that is important to me. I feel that is my important work now.