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“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences
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“Dear blog:” A look at adolescent diary blogs and their audiences

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  1. “ Dear Blog:” A Look at Adolescent Diary Blogs and Their Audiences Lois Ann Scheidt School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Indiana University
  2. What is a blog? <ul><li>Weblogs (blogs) are frequently modified web pages in which dated entries are listed in reverse chronological sequence (Herring, Scheidt, Bonus, & Wright, 2004). </li></ul>
  3. What makes a weblog a diary blog 1 ? <ul><li>Usually has a single author (Fothergill, 1974). </li></ul><ul><li>Usually written in first person (Mcneill, 2003). </li></ul><ul><li>Tell an episodic story (Walker, 2003) that may be fragmentary (Hogan, 1991) and is always in process (Culley, 1985). </li></ul><ul><li>Open-ended and terminates when writer ceases to make entries (Bunkers, 2001). </li></ul>1 Also referred to as personal journal blogs (Blood, 2002).
  4. How do diary blogs differ from their paper-based antecedents? <ul><li>Two time-worn assumptions related to paper diaries fall by the wayside when looking at diary weblogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That the diaries are kept only for personal consumption. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That diary keeping is a private and secret effort. (Bunkers, 2001) </li></ul></ul>
  5. How do you define adolescence? <ul><li>Adolescence is defined as the second decade of life – ages 10-19 (Steinberg, 2002). </li></ul>
  6. Adolescent diary blogs <ul><li>Two studies by the SLIS BROG project have found that adolescents bloggers account for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>34.3% (Herring et al., 2004) and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>39.0% (Herring, Kouper, Scheidt, & Wright, under review). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Orlowski (2003) goes further, asserting that a majority of bloggers are teenage girls. </li></ul>
  7. Situating Diary Blogs as Personal Narrative Performance <ul><li>Diaries are personal narrative </li></ul><ul><li>Personal narrative performance is most often applied to spoken arts such as storytelling. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs show characteristics of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Written communication with text entries which are similar to informal oral style ( Cho, ***) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal art as performance with artistic action and artistic event (Bauman, 1977) </li></ul></ul>
  8. Langellier’s Audiences for Personal Narrative Performance (1998) <ul><li>As a witness testifying to the experience </li></ul><ul><li>As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions </li></ul><ul><li>As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance </li></ul><ul><li>As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy </li></ul><ul><li>A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill </li></ul>
  9. Methodology <ul><li>Content Analysis and Ethnographic Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity sample </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EatonWeb Portal ( http://portal. eatonweb .com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Originally a hand coded list of all the weblogs available online (Rhodes, 2002). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Now a JavaScript file that aggregates self-submission and keywording (Rhodes, 2002). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. As a witness testifying to the experience Available: http://www.skybeat.net/
  11. As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions Available: http://bellissima-x.com/
  12. As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance Available: http://coquet.blogspot.com/
  13. As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy Available: http://www.martinbourqui.com/home.htm
  14. A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill Available: http://www.jezzy.homestead.com/read.html
  15. Contact Information for Lois Ann Scheidt <ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Webpage: http://www.loisscheidt.com </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Weblog: http://www.professional-lurker.com </li></ul><ul><li>BROG Weblog: http://www.blogninja.com </li></ul>

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