I use photorealism to kill the ego. Having enjoyed meditation and intensive esoteric training for upwards of 45 years, it is important to me that identity, sentimentality and awkward notions of permanance be avoided. This is really difficult and the ultimate irony that to strive for such a thing could be said to spring from ego. Well, I'll take that criticism and forge ahead anyway. Here's a bit on photorealism.
Photorealism and related resources.
There's an old adage that says "Trust, but verify". I have a better version. It goes like this, "Always distrust certainty." If you have done any kind of authentic mind-body or self-cultivation work, you know that certainty in life is very limited. Anyone who professes to have all the answers should certainly not be trusted. :)
The brouhaha between 'good' writing and blogging is really an inability to recognize that blogging is to writing as small talk is to discourse. Without chit chat, important contextual info is missing from a 'real' conversation. Blogs and tweets fill this contextual gap. It's 'natural' from a linguistic point of view. Blogs & tweets (bleats?) help inform and cultivate a richer relationship between speaker & listener.
The following is from wikipedia on an emerging 'discourse community', developed by linguist Johnathan Swales: