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Journalism, Blogging and the Real-Time Web


Lecture for Digital Communication Technologies class

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  • John Paul Filo


  • 1. Journalism, Blogging and the Real-Time Web
    Kathy E. Gill
    19 October 2010
  • 2. Journalism is, in the words of James W. Carey,“our day book, our collective diary, which records our common life. That which goes unrecorded goes unpreserved except in the vanishing moment of our individual lives.”
  • 3. Media Consumption Timeline
  • 4. A Short Internet Timeline
    November 1990: one web host (CERN)
    1994: the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives added web servers
    1994: the San Jose Mercury News launched the first online newspaper
    1998: ~300 million web pages
    2000: Google had indexed 1B web pages
    July 2008: Google had indexed 1T web pages
  • 5. Abbreviated Blogging Timeline
    1999: Yahoo! buys GeoCities, host to 3.5 million individual Web sites (most abandoned!)
    1999: the Poynter Institute starts the “MediaNews” blog
    2002: Google buys Blogger; estimate of 500,000 blogs worldwide in total
    February 2002: Salon and Fox News add blogs
    2003: Iraq war gives rise to war blogger
    2009: 6 million blogs on; >1B monthly pageviews; Yahoo! shutters GeoCities
  • 6. Real-Time Reporting
    The Charlotte Observer used a blog format to report on Hurricane Bonnie in August 1998; “Dispatches from the Coast” is the first known use of blog to cover a breaking news story.
  • 7. 1970
  • 8. 1989
  • 9. 2009
  • 10. What Changed?
  • 11. Increasingly Disintermediated
  • 12. TransmissionNetworks
  • 13. Transmission Speed
  • 14. Enter: The Real-Time Web
  • 15. Twitter & Iran
    Amplified voices of dissent
    Facilitated misinformation (intentional and unintentional)
    Incomplete story
    Triggered MSM response
  • 16. Experiments In Live Tweets
    Oregonian (note date launched)
    Multi-organization collaboration – Washington Floods, 2009
    A Contrarian View of Twitter and Iran, June 2009
  • 17. Rise Of The SmartPhone
  • 18. April 2009 “Mobile Technographics®”
    Mobile Data Usage Cuts Across Age Groups
  • 19. iPhone Users Are Different
    March 2008: 85% iPhone users accessed news & info v 13.1% all mobile users and 58% all smart phone users
  • 20. June 2009 “Working iPhone Owners Tap The Mobile Internet”
    More Working iPhone Owners Use Social Media
  • 21. April 2009 “Mobile Technographics®”
    Mobile Technographics: Understanding The Connected Consumer
  • 22. Positioning Mobile
    First personal mass medium
    First always-on mass medium
    First always-carried mass medium
    First mass medium where individuals can be identified
    First mass medium to facilitate the “creative impulse”
    Source: Mobile Design and Development (p39) and
  • 23. Summary
    Blogging is part of the web’s evolutionary path
    The real time web (Twitter et al) is the next mediamorphosis
    Impact on civic life will depend on media literacy efforts
  • 24. License
    Creative Commons, share-and-share alike, attribution, non-commercial
    Kathy E. Gill@kegillkegill@uw.edu
  • 25. Credits
    Kent State, photo John Paul Filo,
    Tank Man,
    Death of NedaAgha-Solton,