“I think he would have been a blogger,” said Jean Seaton, a professor at the University of Westminster in London who administers the Orwell writing prize and thought up the idea of publishing George Orwell’s copious diaries every day in blog form, exactly 70 years after they were written.
Noam Cohen‘s August 24, 2008 New York Times article “What George Orwell Wrote, 70 Years Later to the Day” writes, “The scholars behind the project say they are trying to get more attention for Orwell online and to make him more relevant to a younger generation he would have wanted to speak to.
A similar blog is made up of transcripts from Harry Lamin’s letters from the first World War, posted exactly 90 years after they were written by Bill Lamin a retired mathematics teacher in England and grandson of Harry Lamin.
I’d never heard of this concept before but it intrigues me. I wonder if there will be a flood of similar blogs in the next year.
And while I may not read the Harry Lamin blog or other blogs in this format, I plan to follow the Orwell blog.