Galle Literary Festival asks whether bloggers can be taken seriously

The Galle Literary Festival has organised a panel discussion on blogging – details here.

Geoffrey Philp, a writer, poet and blogger from Jamaica avers that “we need to preserve our literature. For what else is literature but memory and promise: who we thought we have been and what we imagine ourselves to be.”

Do blogs today better capture who we are and how we see the world? Are blogs to the 21st Century what Gutenberg was for the 15th? By opening up a voice for anyone with access to the Internet, do blogs democratise a publishing industry with high costs and barriers for new and important voices?

Others however argue that blogs erode culture. By giving everyone a voice, they suggest we end up with petty, personal, often badly written, spiteful content that does little to strengthen the established literary canon.

This panel, moderated by Nuri Vittachi, will see myself, Indi, Ravana along with Iresha Dilhani, Deepika Shetty and Nazreen Sansoni flesh out some of these issues and discuss whether blogs today are spittoons for the deranged or can really foster constructive conversations.

5 comments on “Galle Literary Festival asks whether bloggers can be taken seriously

  1. geoffrey philp
    December 4, 2007 at 10:14 pm #

    Dear Sanjana Hattotuwa,

    Greetings & Give thanks for the link!
    The conference looks interesting.


  2. paisleyandplaid
    December 5, 2007 at 11:12 am #

    Like books, some bloggers are to be taken seriously and some are not. The reading public, gets to decide.

  3. javajones
    December 5, 2007 at 11:28 am #

    Sanjana – to say that ‘blogs erode culture’ is a highly questionable statement – and much too general to be taken seriously. Granted, that there are blogs of all shapes, sizes and quality – and usually it is their their attraction to like minded folk is what sustains them. To say that ‘blogs erode culture’ would be like a ‘nationalist’ saying that TV does the same in this country. In that case, it would also be okay to say that ‘information’ erodes culture. I think the statement is banal and should be treated as such.

  4. Sanjana Hattotuwa
    December 5, 2007 at 11:36 am #


    Totally agree, but there are others who don’t. See



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