The scene: A suburban house of domestic tranquility. The door opens and Jon, a 22-year-old college grad with $60,000 in student loan debt that his parents co-signed for, a literature degree, no job prospects, no dates and the beginnings of a beer belly, enters.
“Hi Mom, Hi Dad,” says Jon.
“Hello, Son,” says Dad, with a terse voice. “Did you have any luck finding a job today?”
“No,” says Jon, with some feigned despondency, as he moves toward his room. “But I was part of a blog swarm today,” he says with a chuckle. “We took Dan Rather to task!”
“Oh, Jon,” says Mom, “That’s nice. What’s a swarm?”
Jon knows all about swarms from his blog: BlogPsycho.com But his parents don’t know about his blog or SecretObsession.org to be part of the leading edge of swarmers for change: SwarmBlog.com (the domains are all unregistered and available).
When he swarms, Jon is part of a new vanguard, running through the streets of cyberspace, smashing windows and upsetting the old order. (BrownShirtBloggers.com is available) Jon feels special, not inadequate. (PowerfulBlog.com is available.)
Says Dad, a crusty retired newspaper editor, “Son, isn’t swarming something insects do?” (StungBlog.com is available)
Sensing a Socratic one-two-punch on its way, Jon quickly deflects.
“Oh, no,” says Jon. “Swarming is a MSM characterization intended to tarnish the blogging phenomenon. It’s a matter of independent voices rising in unison. I really misspoke when I called it a swarm.” (FlyAwayBlog.com is available)
Dad thinks for a moment. (BloggingBS.com is available) “Right, Son, it’s kind of like the angry calls we would get at the newspaper after publishing a story that upset some group. No different?”
“It is different,” said Jon. “You can’t hangup on arguments posted on Blogger – they don’t go away.” (IgnoreBlog.com is available)
“Oh, Son,” says Mom, “That’s nice.”
Dad returns to his PC and sees if MedicateBlog.com is available for registration. It is.
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