In this age of facebook, twitter, blogging, and wikileaks, nothing seems secret anymore. The drive to unveil oneself to the world has become an overwhelming drive for many.
This urge to express is one of the defining features of human beings. But it was not always the spectacle-driven going out of the way to shove oneself online.
The underlying logic of the journal is not the instantaneous dissemination to an anonymous public but the patient piling up of jottings waiting to be revealed by others in an unspecified future.