After doing some more research and reading the awesome responses to my last post about how/if the bloggernacle is a community, I think I want to argue that the bloggernacle, like a cathedral, is not a community itself, but a place that facilitates community, and has a similar effect on people that drawing the cathedral with Robert has on the narrator of "Cathedral" (or something like that. I'm glad we have more time to hone our arguments). Here are some interesting parallels between the bloggernacle, cathedrals, and the story "Cathedral" that I found today while reading "The Bloggernacle Scares Me," a post from a few years back on Mormon Feminist Housewives:
- Post #5 says: "I have always felt pretty isolated both physically and intellectually from the saints. When I found the bloggernacle almost two years ago, I felt like I had found a whole new world that was glorious! It was like my eyes were opened after years of walking around in a haze." Before his experience with Robert, the narrator of "Cathedral" was isolated physically and intellectually. Blindness and sight is another major theme in "Cathedral" since the blind man Robert teaches the narrator to "see"
- Post #3: "I used to fantasize about a “safe place” to learn and grow in these areas…and for me, that is what FMH is." Cathedrals were considered sanctuaries
- Comment #9: "It seems Mormons, even on the anonymous internet still love to cling one to another and have a hard time letting others in." A comment on my last post defined community as "an insular group gathered together." When the narrator's wife asks what he and Robert are doing as they draw, he kind of ignores her.