No, I’m not Joan Rivers but let’s not let that get in the way. When this blog began at the OURC website I had no access to site statistics. Since moving the HB to WordPress in December ’07 I have been able to see every day which posts generate the most unique hits. So far the post on how students should behave during a controversy has generated the most hits of anything I’ve written on the new site. On the old site I know that FV-related posts generated the most hits. The second most “popular” post is the summary of the Federal Vision controversy. The third most popular post is the link to the YouTube clip from ER.
I know that I’m trying to have it both ways. The “Cosmic Grasshopper” post was a lark, it was silly. It’s not even a video, just bad, bizarre audio from a martial-arts teacher and one-man internet “church”! I posted it and I can’t complain if people look at it and it’s been up longer than the review, but of the two the latter is definitely more important. Why are do blog readers seem to be more interested in the opinions of a cosmic grasshopper (the learned Beetle) than they in discussion about the past and future of Reformed ministry to the African-American community?
I’m sure that this is only one more evidence I’m slow on the uptake, but I wonder if the web is really, fundamentally a place for voyeurism and conflict—even among Reformed types—more than a place for serious discussion? The cosmic grasshopper post is really intellectual voyeurism. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming you, the respected reader—after all, I posted this stuff!
I’m really asking questions about the nature of the medium. There’s no question that, speaking statistically, porn rules the web. Were I to post something titled, “Pam Anderson Repents of FV; Embraces Reformed Confessionalism,” I guess that the hits would be off the chart. Actually I did post something like that, just for fun, but then deleted it out of fear of unintended consequences. I guess we’ll never know.
I’m sure that the web and the HB can be used for good. There’s too much evidence to think any other way but my statistics page makes me wonder sometimes.