After reading Gramsci and his writing on Organic and Traditional Intellectuals I cannot help but compare them to bloggers and other similar “intellectuals” on the Internet of today’s world. However, bloggers draw power from their anonymity, enabling them to express their opinions in a way that would not otherwise be possible. The Internet allows a type of disconnect from reality in which opinions can be presented without repercussions. Freedom of Speech allows Intellectuals to spew their opinions all over multiple websites. Organic Intellectuals have an easier time doing this, their paychecks usually don’t feed from the blogging they do. The public opinion has little to no sway over what they choose to publish on the internet, much as I’m doing in this blog. The Internet has also allowed the Intellectual to find others whose opinion is shared with relative ease, especially if the opinion is not widespread amongst popular culture. Youtube is an example of a portal for opinions which users hold to be spewed across the screens of millions of viewers, and the only repercussion to their words are those of the next user’s comments. Gramsci’s era did not have a similar platform with which to share new ideas. A vulnerable attempt had to be made, which put ones self in the spotlight, or bull’s eye, to publish one’s beliefs.
I’m not even sure to what extent one can differentiate between Organic and Traditional Bloggers. Except for the high titles of signification, such as that of a PhD Professor, classes are no longer applicable. The Anonymity of the Internet erases classes and replaces them with a “primitive communism”. There is no longer a distinguishable difference between the Bourgeois and the Proletariat in the realm of the blog.