Well, folks… We haven’t “chatted” for a while—you know, that imaginary scenario where I blather on and pretend there’s an audience? You can tell this is a more informal post: I’ve used the word “folks.” Do you mind, terribly? I hope not. I mean, I include myself in there with the “folks.” Why? Because we’re all just regular people, “just folks,” or “simple, unaffected, unsophisticated, or open-hearted people”?
Hell, no! I’d like to think that “folks” could be both sophisticated and “open-hearted.” So, that’s my contribution to redefining that word.
But there’s another, archaic understanding of the word, which seems applicable for blogging—for “chatting” and spinning yarns (sometimes big, sometime wee) about the things we love. (For me, it’s film. And TV. For you, it’s kids or songs or places or food or something else.) To the point: the “folk” are “bearers of oral tradition.” It’s not a unique argument to claim that blogging carries on the old, old tradition of storytelling: though not everyone is necessarily interested in telling stories, many blogs (at least the ones I meander through) have intriguing stories to tell (fictional, historical, autobiographical). These are funny, well-written, sophisticated, and “open-hearted” blogs, which delight my ears with exuberant prose.
I like these folk.
I also like the folks that make film about folks (for folk’s sake!), and delight us with a richly textured (if not always linear) story: