I don't know what Goethe would have done with Blogger, but Phillip Lenssen proposes the Sorrows of a Young man blog, "Being a Palimpsest of Goethe's Werther." Remember how you felt when you were 20 and someone ate your whole heart? It's like that, but in German ( though Lenssen's blog is in English).
Since, as Lenssen points out, the original publication of Goethe's "die Leiden des Jungen Werther" started a suicide contagion, it's worthwhile to consider such a blog -- with it's circulation being theoretically far wider than Goethe's -- as its own kind of WMD. Like the lethal Infinite Jest entertainment, but upside down and backwards.Posted by kevin slavin at August 18, 2003 05:38 PM