Thursday, September 9, 2010
The final countdown and three right turns
My thesis is due to be handed in on the 5th of November. It still needs a bit of work but I hope to have a draft finished by the end of the month, which means I have lots of writing to do. I've currently got about 25,000 words out of the 30,000 I'm supposed to have. I still have to write about gender and blogging (back to the kitchen) which will be exciting because of all the great material I received from people commenting on my blog - and on their own blogs - about whether or not the kitchen and/or food blogging can be empowering. If you have any other thoughts or insights to add about this, please do!
I have been thinking about the differences between the Weston A. Price Foundation self-affiliated blogs in the US and those in NZ. I may have mentioned this before but many of the US blogs often have right-wing, old fashioned conservative (and religious) overtones; a distrust of big business and of government subsidies given to large scale farming, a strong emphasis on small farming and growing your own vegetables and often ideas promoting sustainability, self-sufficiency and caring for the planet. Many of these principles are in line with the NZ WAPF sympathetic blogs which tend to be more left-wing. It reminds me of a theory I heard which claimed that if someone's political perspective is extreme enough in either direction - right or left - it ends up closely resembling the other side - three right turns make a left. In searching for an image for this post I re-discovered Information is Beautiful, which linked me to a wikipedia entry on the political spectrum - apparently it's more of a diamond shape.
I have to say, and it's probably obvious anyway, that I have more left-wing leanings. I value community and social services and all those crazy hippy things. Libertarianism scares me, large corporations scare me, economics scares me, fundamentalist Christians scare me - or any fundamentalists, really. It must sound like I spend a lot of time being terrified, but generally I try to focus on things that are worth my energy. In January I came across a Nourishing Days blog post which scared me so much I immediately unsubsribed from this food blog. I suppose this is a good example of patriarchy and I can probably use it when discussing gender. I suppose the kind of empowerment that comes from food blogging may be an entirely different issue from the hegemonic forces governing the individual lives of the bloggers. It is possible that these messages are being reinforced through blogging - along with information about nourishing food. This particular blog contains a post I'm using in my analysis which carries the same kind of conservative, religious message, but also focusses on sustainability in a way which could be quite empowering - got gender-specifically, but in an anti-corporate fashion.
This is probably the sort of thing I ought to be writing about right now in my thesis, rather than blogging about...