Dimoulogy: I could not have said it any better

Today I celebrate my birthday: I am 33 years old. I made myself one of the nicest birthday presents I could ever have: I spent 5+ hours reading the whole blog of the Greek writer/poet/journalist/photographer/etc Nikos Dimou.

With Mr Dimou I had quickly corresponded in 1999 via email when he used to have a column at the “RAM” computer magazine. I argued against something he had written about the BeOS and Mr Dimou was very kind to actually print my reply on the next “RAM” issue. But I think that our arguments stop just right there.

Reading his blog gave me such hope. There are Greeks who are open minded, what a relief for me who can’t stand the ethnicism of Neo-Greece (or any country’s for that matter). He is such a wealth of information and logical thinking: Orthodoxy, chauvinism & nationalism, Christ, racism, Greek history, anti-americanism, globalization, education, are all issues scrutinized by him. He is a man without predefined borders, he is a free spirit, he sees the big picture by taking a big bold step back. When I was reading his opinion pieces it was like I was reading about my own opinions — but his are so much better phrased and organized. Also like him, in the past I was deemed “anti-Greek” by my readers, which is so far of the truth. Mr Dimou wrote an editorial that also represents me and explains why I say the things I say about Greece and Greeks.

With great sadness I read that he won’t update anymore this thought provoking blog, but instead has moved to another, one that will only serve as a personal journal. It seems that just as the Linux and Apple fanatical stupidity drove me out of OSNews.com, many old-fashioned Greek people who have replied on his original blog have left him a scar too and eventually drove him out of his critical blog. It’s sad, but I guess, when you are going against the mainstream, you are bound to get hurt. Nevertheless, his blog will hopefully remain there for every Greek to read and re-read. Even if these opinions will make some of the readers angry for having the rug pulled below their feet (”what do you mean that nothing happened on the 25th of March 1821?”).

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