The challenge of disengaging from the local context through acquiring a wider audience is a significant contemporary issue for theologians and other writers in the public sphere.
If you are writing a column for a local or city paper you might find in today’s electronic age that your article can appear with scarcely a delay in other newspapers across the country and throughout the world.
I am writing articles on a number of blogs and web sites. Even the one which has the most distinct geographical focus, Experiencing the Emirates, is read by people in other countries. I am aware of this when I write. Today I have had comments about my articles from Hobart, Melbourne and Singapore.
Addressing this issue, over which authors and publishers have little control, public intellectual Edward Said asks, “For whom then does one write, if it is difficult to specify the audience with any sort of precision?”
Any thoughts or comments on this?
Image: Times have changed. The transport Boreham was using when he commenced his writing career. Photo taken by FWB of his wife, a friend and his daughter, Mosgiel, NZ.
 Edward W Said, ‘The public role of writers and intellectuals’, The Alfred Deakin lectures: Ideas for the future of a civil society (Sydney: ABC Books, 2001), 470-471.