So – this is the thing about transparency. It requires a lot of courage on the part of the person being transparent, but it requires more that the people observing understand that they are viewing a real person, with real faults, real opinions, real ideas and real fears. We harm ourselves and each other by assuming that everybody must conform to some sort of magazine-perfection.
The role of the audience in understanding blogging is about real people struggling with evolving ideas is well said, and quite useful for understanding why this process is so different from publishing as we have understood it heretofore. As a wise man said to me recently: “writing books is just an excuse for a book tour.”
And for the record, not all Americans cower at the idea of speaking their mind out in the open, as I imagine not all Canadians are as bold as Downes.