Which of the following two is more narcissistic:
1. Naming your blog as ‘The Wisdom of the Internet’: Impersonal pretensions, but suggesting that your posts present the distilled wisdom of the whole of the Internet.
2. Naming the blog after your own name (or pen name): Supposed to be narcissistic, but actually saying, “Here are some of my thoughts. Just the thoughts of one individual. Hope someone finds them interesting or useful.”
Contrary to what people say, using the first person in films tends to be a sign of humility: ‘All I have to offer is myself.’ — Chris Marker (Quoted by Jonathan Rosenbaum in his review on the Criterion Collection)
A Note on Capitalization
Capitalization is deliberately used often on this blog for the first letter of many phrases. A few of these are indeed in the sense of shouting. The rest are in the sense of a name (self-claimed or otherwise) as opposed to a noun. Or, sometimes, in the sense of ‘supposedly’ or ‘so-called’. For example, to differentiate ‘liberals’ (those who believe in the philosophy of liberalism) and ‘Liberals’ (those who believe in the ideology labelled formally and organizationally as Liberalism, i.e., an ideology that claims to be liberal). In particular, the latter is also used for supporters or members of the Liberal — roughly meaning ‘liberal’, but with significant differences — parties such as the US Democratic party, or their counterparts in other (Western) countries. The same applies to conservative vs. Conservative. Some other times, the purpose is just to mock (sometimes fondly) the use of such terms or to mock (again sometimes fondly) such capitalized terms.
So, the Title Case is used so much in the body of the text because it is found to be very effective for these purposes.
From science and technology, the classic example is deep learning vs. Deep Learning.
To put it in other words, capitalization is often used here to denote a formal notation, as opposed to a common sense idea, as is the case in much of science, particularly that which relies on mathematical notation. No claim, however, is made of mathematical accuracy. The purpose is to make different senses as explicit as possible, where those different but close sense are Too Different for practical purposes.
Not to mention the differentiation between liberals and Neoliberals (or conservatives and Neoconservatives, or even socialists and Democratic Socialists).
I personally would prefer a situation where people can’t so easily get away by calling themselves christian, even if they are Christian, but that may be an impractical thought.
छोड़िए जनाब , इस सबमें कुछ रक्खा नहीं है। मैं सांगणिक भाषाविज्ञान (Computational Linguistics) में एक शोधकर्ता हूँ। इसके अलावा मैं पढ़ता हूँ , पढ़ता हूँ , पढ़ता हूँ , और कुछ लिखने की कोशिश भी करता हूँ। हाल ही मैं मैने ज़ेडनेट का हिन्दी संस्करण भी शुरू किया है। एक छोटी सी शुरुआत है। उम्मीद करता हूँ और लोग भी इसमें भाग लेंगे और ज़ेडनेट / ज़ेडमैग के सर्वोत्तम लेखों का हिन्दी ( जो कि अपने दूसरे रूप उर्दू के साथ करोड़ों लोगों की भाषा है ) में अनुवाद किया जा सकेगा। I am a researcher in Computational Linguistics and a developer of language related software (mostly open source and free). I also write and translate a bit and do other things like posting on this blog, apart from watching movies, listening to music and reading and reading and reading… P.S.: This blog actually has a subtitle called ‘The Informal Blog of a Computational Linguist’, by which I had entered it in places like the ACL Wiki and the Linguist List. As it happens, after repeated tries, I couldn’t find a satisfactory theme for this blog that would also display the subtitle. But believe me: it’s really there.