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Gas Guy is Gas Gone, or This is our Gas Goodbye.

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, but sent it to the wrong blog!

Gas Guy is Gas Gone, or This is our Gas Goodbye.: “

This is rather interesting, because it calls into question the nature of the relationship between blogger and blog reader, or at least the assumptions about that relationship. I have to say, part of me is a little upset about this, and I take issue with Jeremy’s comparison between his blog and the works of other fictional writers, mostly because the relationship is clear and well-defined when you pick up a piece of fictional literature that what you are about to read is… well… fiction. When you read a person’s blog, you’re entering into the assumption that the person on the other end is a real person — I know, it’s a foolish assumption, because the form allows for all sorts of public communication — but, when you enter into an invested relationship with the person writing the blog, only to be told they are not who they said they were, it’s a little bit like the crying game’s reveal. You feel revulsed, and you have to go take a shower. Okay, well it’s not THAT bad… but dammit, I want to believe in the myth of the self-educated gas attendant. It suits my ‘Clerks’ sensibilities, and is just enough Holden Caufield to really get me going. I guess what I’m saying is, I identified with the gas guy, and I really felt wonderful that a person could reach the sort of enlightenment he had through everyday experience. Now I find out, he didn’t — or if he did, it was an entirely different set of experiences.

Anyhow, I think one of the comments in his last post captures it for me – the importance placed on a gas attendant’s education on this blog implies a supposition that gas attendants are generally uneducated. That shows a certain amount of prejudice, and well, for those attendants who might authentically keep a blog about their experiences, this series of fictional entries devalue that expression.

In any case, I really liked the writing. It’s sad to me it’s not real, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s good.

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