Liner Notes

the subject matter — though meaningless as it is — has something to do with the beautiful strangers

About Liner Notes

I've been up all night, leaning on the windowsill...

I've been up all night, leaning on the windowsill...

Four years and a little more than one month ago, I started writing for Burnt Orange Report. It was my first foray into publishing content online, and as a writer, I was hooked. I had the freedom to say what I want, be myself, and have a conversation about ideas as I learned them.

I joined the online community primarily because I was interested in anchoring my arguments in the public sphere and improving the understanding and articulation of my beliefs. I enjoy talking about the way I experience life, and the way I think about ideas. I know that sounds too personal — especially in a world (politics) where we’re all supposed to keep everything secret, and where talking honestly about our ideas opens you up to mountains of criticism. But I like to be open and honest about who I am and what I do.

Blogs began as online journals, and that’s how I like to use them. The rise of political, business, celebrity, and news blogging is important — but most Americans still blog for themselves. When the Pew Research Center’s completed their portrait of a blogger feature in 2006, they reported the following:

Most bloggers say they cover a lot of different topics, but when asked to choose one main topic, 37% of bloggers cite “my life and experiences” as a primary topic of their blog. Politics and government ran a very distant second with 11% of bloggers citing those issues of public life as the main subject of their blog.

Without question, the act of blogging and maintaining a blog is very personal. I think we know that and understand that, but some times I don’t think we really care about that. I sometimes feel like we take blogs for granted. Blogs are becoming the quaint, old rambling uncle of the internet eea. Bloggers have become the Uncle McScrooge to the rambunctious children of social media — noisy trendsetters like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, MySpace, FriendFeed, Digg, Delicious, Reddit, etc. Ultimately, all those social media sites have to point somewhere; there must be an anchor for everyone’s arguments. And if we don’t use blogs as our anchors for our online voices, eventually we’ll lose the power of words to passionately persuade the people in our lives to listen and take action on issues and ideas that are important to us.

I started writing my own personal blog again to maintain a public space where I can flesh out my ideas, my thoughts, and my opinions on issues and topics that matter to me. I’ll write about politics some on this site, but probably not in a way I write about politics on Burnt Orange Report. (It also goes without saying that anything written here reflects the views of the author, and not anyone willingly or unwillingly affiliated with the author). Here, you’re more likely to encounter a meta-discussion — or a discussion about something entirely separate from politics. I love music, and have always wanted a place to write about music. I want to blog about new recipes I cook, and the movies I see, and the discussions on journalism and the press that I began while in grad school.

Basically, I want a place to talk about my life experiences, and to put a voice to the ideas that, ultimately, shape who I am. The liner notes of my life, if you will.

I hope I can keep up with this site. And for those who come to read, I hope you enjoy it.

All the best,

–Phillip

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