We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.” --Herman Melville
Social media are primarily Internet- and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, telecommunications and social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. (Wikipedia)
“ Years from now, anthropologists may look back on the early years of the blogosphere as the greatest experiment in social self-organization ever attempted. Millions of writers of all ages, interests, languages and motivations are together forming a set of shared principles, operating standards and behaviors without any kind of central coordinator”—Paul Gillian, The New Influencers
The blogosphere skews towards young, liberal, agnostic, tech-savvy, Mac-loving, Microsoft-hating, pot-smoking, Ron Paul-obsessed males. However, it is diversifying everyday, as technology becomes more accessible to different demographics.
The blogosphere is rebellious and anti-authoritarian. It is a subculture that rejects conventional structures and values and prides itself upon its own self-governance.
It revels in its power to check the power of corporations , politicians , the media and other powerful figures.
Wikipedia- a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
But, this definition is extremely fluid. The blog is currently being adapted to serve a number of different purposes and structures.
Computer software for which the human-readable source code is made available under a copyright license that permits users to use, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form.
Makes users collaborators, allows entrepreneurs to cheaply release products into the market, allows companies to release beta (incomplete) editions.
Responsible for blow up in web publishing applications
It’s how bloggers differentiate between content that’s been stolen or used properly.
“ Links are the manifestation of the culture of attribution that pervades blogging. You can quote, elaborate upon, annotate and comment upon someone else’s writing all you want, but you must always attribute and link to the source”
" Meet people/ social interaction/ for catharsis /to promote social change/Vengeance/ Start a writing career/ receive feedback/ love of something esoteric/Have a voice/INTERACTION/MAKE A CONFESSION.
“ Blogs are the future of journalism. Journalists don’t like to hear that. They say that nobody validates blogs. I say what do you mean? Two million people are doing the fact checking that newspapers aren’t doing any more because they can’t afford the people to do it”
How long would Stephen Glass (New Republic) and Jason Blair (NYT) have lasted If they had been working as independent bloggers instead of print journalists?
Many fear the accuracy of bloggers as information sources. However, their level of transparency is much higher than that of mainstream journalists. They can also correct their mistakes much faster and in a much more public way than print journalists.
Some argue that the chronological narrative platforms of blogs are inferior to a newspaper platform due to a lack of indexing space. ( Malakin )
Others point that the flexibility blogs offer—such as embedding video and audio—make it a superior medium than print newspaper when it comes to immersion journalism . (Journalists interact with community)
Information in a digital platform is also much more portable than print news.
However, longer narrative journalism, and investigative pieces are not as conducive to digital production, and would have to be thoroughly altered to survive online by themselves
The future is not bright for those hoping to avoid social media and the blogosphere. But for those ready to embrace technology and the myriad new platforms associated with it, the possibilities are unlimited:)