As some of my readers may know, I've been obsessed with Mary Tyler Moore of late, even though I still haven't managed to save for the first-season DVD. I've always been a fan of the geographically specific, the preservation of the local in an era of what I might as well call "deterritorialization." My favorite thing about reading personal blogs is their ablity to restore a sense of neighborhood to a world in which one's interlocutors are as likely to be in Bangalore as next door.
Yes, I mean that literally: our phone rings every hour with some Indian gentleman -- sometimes aggressive, sometimes bemused -- trying to get a person who does not live in our house refinance her house. I have this fantasy of moving to India to work as a go-between in the information economy, but the relentless calls are souring me on the idea. I'll have to hunt down some personal blogs from the subcontinent to compensate.