The Adolescent Diary Blog and Its External Audience:  Who Are Posts Addressing?  Lois Ann Scheidt School of Library and In...
What is a blog? <ul><li>Weblogs (blogs) are frequently modified web pages in which dated entries are listed in reverse chr...
What makes a weblog a diary blog 1 ? <ul><li>Usually has a single author (Fothergill, 1974). </li></ul><ul><li>Usually wri...
How do diary blogs differ from their paper-based antecedents? <ul><li>Two time-worn assumptions related to paper diaries f...
How do you define adolescence? <ul><li>Adolescence is defined as the second decade of life – ages 10-19 (Steinberg, 2002)....
Adolescent diary blogs <ul><li>Two studies by the  SLIS BROG  project have found that adolescents bloggers account for: </...
Situating Diary Blogs as Personal Narrative Performance <ul><li>Diaries are personal narrative </li></ul><ul><li>Personal ...
Langellier’s Audiences for Personal Narrative Performance (1998) <ul><li>As a witness testifying to the experience. </li><...
Methodology <ul><li>Content Analysis and Ethnographic Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity sample </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E...
Order of Presentation <ul><li>Three slides will be presented to illustrate each audience category </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A ...
As a witness testifying to the experience Available:  http://www.skybeat.net/
As a witness testifying to the experience <ul><li>Skybeat.net (female, student, USA) </li></ul><ul><li>Anyways. I had Foll...
As a witness testifying to the experience <ul><li>In the text of this post the author of Skybeat.net is bringing the audie...
As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions Available:  http://bellissima-x.com/
As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions <ul><li>bellissima-x.com (female, student, Phillipines) </li></ul>
As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions <ul><li>In the text of this post the author of bellissima-x.com request...
As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance Available:  http:...
As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance <ul><li>anonymuse...
As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance <ul><li>In the te...
As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy Available:  http:// www.martinbourqui.com/home.htm
As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy <ul><li>TURN A BLIND EYE, PROVIDENCE </li></ul><ul><li>I apologi...
As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy <ul><li>In the text of this post the author of martinbourqui.com...
A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill Available:  http://www.jezzy.homestead.com/read.html
A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill <ul><li>jezzy.homestead.com (female, student, USA) </li...
A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill <ul><li>In the text of this post the author of jezzy.ho...
Future Research <ul><li>While single posts fall fairly neatly into Langellier’s typology, entire blogs usually contain pos...
Bibliography <ul><li>Bauman, Richard (1977).  Verbal Art as Performance . Rowley MA: Newbury House Publishers. </li></ul><...
Bibliography <ul><li>Herring, Susan C., Kouper, Inna, Scheidt, Lois A., & Wright, Elijah (2004). Women and Children Last: ...
Bibiliography <ul><li>Mcneill, Laurie (2003). Teaching an Old Genre New Tricks:  The Diary on the Internet.  Biography: An...
Contact Information for  Lois Ann Scheidt <ul><li>Email:  [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Webpage:  http://www.loisschei...
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  1. 1. The Adolescent Diary Blog and Its External Audience: Who Are Posts Addressing? Lois Ann Scheidt School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Indiana University
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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, in press). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal art as performance with artistic action and artistic event (Bauman, 1977). </li></ul></ul>
  8. 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. 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><ul><li>This research is ongoing. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Order of Presentation <ul><li>Three slides will be presented to illustrate each audience category </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A clip of the blog whose over all tone best matches the audience category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A text post from the blog that best matches the audience category in question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A short analysis of the text and how it fits into the audience category </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. As a witness testifying to the experience Available: http://www.skybeat.net/
  12. 12. As a witness testifying to the experience <ul><li>Skybeat.net (female, student, USA) </li></ul><ul><li>Anyways. I had Follies rehearsals all last week. I got to know some people in the jazz band better and the rehearsals in general were pretty fun, even though the first night when I went to play on the piano I had to stop and start several times because I wasn't prepared for the.. uh.. complete awfulness of the piano. It certainly isn't the best one I've ever played on, but oh well. I practiced at home on my superold piano all week to get used to playing the song on a less-than-stellar instrument. Last night was the first night of Follies and I did pretty well. There were a few mess ups, but none big enough for anyone who isn't a musician to really notice. </li></ul>
  13. 13. As a witness testifying to the experience <ul><li>In the text of this post the author of Skybeat.net is bringing the audience into her world. She takes them into her experiences during the week of Follies rehearsal. </li></ul>
  14. 14. As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions Available: http://bellissima-x.com/
  15. 15. As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions <ul><li>bellissima-x.com (female, student, Phillipines) </li></ul>
  16. 16. As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions <ul><li>In the text of this post the author of bellissima-x.com requests support and advise from her audience on issues of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dealing with personal stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Her physical appearance on webcam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Losing her pictures while reformatting the hard drive </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance Available: http://anonymuse.blogspot.com/
  18. 18. As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance <ul><li>anonymuse.blogspot.com (female, student, Philippines) </li></ul><ul><li>O-V-E-R Done. Over. O-V-E-R. Summer classes, I mean. The frenzy has finally ended. I am free as Tweety when Silvester was roasted to death. Free free free. For two weeks, anyway. But I don't care. All the deadlines are dead for now. All that's left are org-matters (*grumble mumble*). I don't know about you, but summer school was hell, was worse than the regular semesters. All lectures usually learned in a 5-month period (or so) is squeezed to a 6-week period (or so). Plus it didn't help that I had three classes in the morning with no breaks. I was ready to die. I barely passed my classes. Finally, I can catch up on lost TV-viewing time. And to celebrate, I got myself a brand new video rental card! And it's all for me, baby. Now I can go back to manipulating my music. Back to analyzing every note, every chord 'til my ears pop. So freshman year of college is over. The verdict? Errr tough. I definitely had fun. I met lots of great people - classmates, blockmates, teachers. I felt free. Almost as though I had a life of my own. I feel more enlightened than when I first stepped into Ateneo, staying with my herd (blockmates) hoping not to give myself away as a freshman (right). I've had conflicts with my direction in life. But practicality seems heavier than happiness *sob*. No love life yet. I can't even care for myself, let alone another person. I apologize for the sloppy post. The sun's up. The sun is never friendly to me and makes me all sloppy. By the way, thanks to all who greeted my on my beerday. I had fun! </li></ul>
  19. 19. As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance <ul><li>In the text of this post the author of anonymuse.blogspot.com poses the contestation of authors identities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacationer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Former College Freshman </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy Available: http:// www.martinbourqui.com/home.htm
  21. 21. As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy <ul><li>TURN A BLIND EYE, PROVIDENCE </li></ul><ul><li>I apologize for how ramble-y and unfocused this is. It's been a terrible day and I've written this all in very small pieces that may or may not add up. Hopefully so. I wanted to write something (anything) to share my thoughts and publish it as soon as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>At school today we talked about the risks people take by staying close to each other. The harder you laugh together, the harder you cry together. Stuff like that. The closer you allow yourself to get to someone, the more you feel the pain when they get hurt. We also talked about 'sharing' in guilt. At first that sounded pretty stupid, but if happiness and fear can spread like fire, why is trying to comfort someone so hard? I think, maybe, it has to be a mutual process or something. You show me your wounds, I'll show you mine. I don't know how easily I can do that. I'm open but defensive; I'm secretive but I won't shut up. Even I can't tell sometimes whether I actually care, but I care about this and I want to help and grieve with everyone else. I visited the place where it happened today. I think they bleached the sidewalk to cover it all up. I looked at all the flowers tied to the fence that would die within two days of the heat and all the handwritten notes to her and the teddy bears and everything but the glaring fact remained that even with all this here it was still nothing; there was no life, no sign, no warning, no story to tell. It makes you wonder if where you stand now was once the spot where someone died (We all die somewhere, right?). I knelt down, emoting, thinking, emoting some more, thinking two days ago, someone's life seeped out of six holes and into the sidewalk - and I wasn't praying, but if someone had asked me, I would have said I was. </li></ul>
  22. 22. As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy <ul><li>In the text of this post the author of martinbourqui.com brings his audience into the story of a drive-by shooting and examines the truths of interpersonal relationships, death and mourning, and removing the physical and psychological stains left by this act. </li></ul>
  23. 23. A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill Available: http://www.jezzy.homestead.com/read.html
  24. 24. A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill <ul><li>jezzy.homestead.com (female, student, USA) </li></ul><ul><li>HEY LOOK AT THAT!!! I made a sprite!.. Doll!.. thing. I don't know WHAT the hell they're called, but they're cuter than a bug's ear. So I tried my hand at one. </li></ul><ul><li>It's pixel-drawing, which I never would've been able to do without my WACOM tablet. *fright* I think it'd be cute to make a small animation. Like, her tail waving, or something. Expect more of these; hopefully I'll be able to make one for a range of emotions, and slap them on the front of my blog entries like the cooler-than-me LiveJournal people can do. </li></ul><ul><li>This took me ALL DAY, isn't that ridiculous? And yes, it's my own 'base.' A 'base', in this crazy sprite/doll society, is a blank figure, a blank body in some pose, either male or female. I MADE THAT ONE! WOOHOO. </li></ul><ul><li>I'm kind of silly right now, because my brain's going GABBA GABBA GABBA HOOT HOOT WEEEEOOOOOOOEEEEEEEOOOOOO EGH EGH EGH EGH dooooEEP doooEEP. </li></ul>
  25. 25. A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill <ul><li>In the text of this post the author of jezzy.homestead.com asks her audience to admire her digital art production skills. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Future Research <ul><li>While single posts fall fairly neatly into Langellier’s typology, entire blogs usually contain posts addressed to more then one type of audience. My next step in this research will be to look at which elements of the audience typology tend to be co-located within a single blog. Which elements of the typology tend to gang together? </li></ul>
  27. 27. Bibliography <ul><li>Bauman, Richard (1977). Verbal Art as Performance . Rowley MA: Newbury House Publishers. </li></ul><ul><li>Blood, Rebecca (2002). The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog . Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing. </li></ul><ul><li>Bunkers, Suzanne L. (2001). Diaries of Girls and Women: A Midwestern American Sampler . Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Cho, Natasha (2002). Linguistic features of electronic mail. In S.C.Herring (Ed.), Computer-Mediated Conversation (. </li></ul><ul><li>Culley, Margo (1985). A Day at a Time: The Diary Literature of American Women from 1764 to Present . New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York. </li></ul><ul><li>Fothergill, Robert (1974). Private Chronicles: A Study of English Diaries . London: Oxford University Press. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Bibliography <ul><li>Herring, Susan C., Kouper, Inna, Scheidt, Lois A., & Wright, Elijah (2004). Women and Children Last: The Discourse Construction of Weblogs. In L.J.Gurak, S. Antonijevic, L. Johnson, C. Ratliff, & J. Reyman (Eds.), Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs (. </li></ul><ul><li>Herring, Susan C., Scheidt, Lois A., Bonus, Sabrina, & Wright, Elijah (2004). Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. In Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-37) (Ed.), Los Alamitos: IEEE Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Hogan, Rebecca S. (1991). Endangered Autobiographies: Diaries as a Feminine Form. Prose Studies, 14 (2), 95-107. </li></ul><ul><li>Langellier, Kristin M. (1998). Voiceless bodies, bodiless voices: The future of personal narrative performance. In S.J.Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 207-213). Annandale VA: National Communication Association. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Bibiliography <ul><li>Mcneill, Laurie (2003). Teaching an Old Genre New Tricks: The Diary on the Internet. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 26 (1), 24-48. </li></ul><ul><li>Orlowski, Andrew (2003, May 30). Most bloggers 'are teenage girls' - survey. The Register . </li></ul><ul><li>Rhodes, John S. (2002). In the trenches with a weblog pioneer: An interview with the Force Behind Eatonweb, Brigitte F. Eaton. In J.Rodzvilla (Ed.), We've Got Blog: How Weblogs are Changing Our Culture (pp. 99-103). Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing. </li></ul><ul><li>Steinberg, Laurence D. (2002). Adolescence . (6th ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill College. </li></ul><ul><li>Walker, Jill (2003). final version of weblog definition. jill/tx [On-line]. Available: http://huminf.uib.no/~jill/archives/blog_theorising/final_version_of_weblog_definition.html </li></ul>
  30. 30. 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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