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MDST 3270 F10 Seminar 9

  1. 1. Seminar 9 The Blogosphere Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts MDST 3703 / 7703 Fall 2010
  2. 2. Business • Mid-terms graded and available • Synthetic responses – To repeat: Due on Thursday, comments to colleagues on Friday • Excellent responses this week . . .
  3. 3. Midterms ESSAY A: Hypertext Affordance : Intertextuality, open narrative, writerly text, freedom, mind modelling, incompleteness Implementations: varies with affordance; some implemented more than others Unanticipated: social media, worlds; for HT theorists, it's all about text ESSAY B: Fast Horses Horse = Library Fast horse = cars designed like horse-drawn carriages = use of library metaphor to structure content Examples: VOST to THL Example of breaking away: use of cross-cutting categories to link content ESSAY C: Contextual Mass Quality vs. Quantity, Needs of a community, Selection and Organization, Diversity of media . . . Not critical mass (or textual mass) Mechanisms: organizational devices, e.g. categories, comparison tools, etc. -- anything that connects items VOTS does not have it, THL and Blake went both ways, Rossetti and WOD best examples
  4. 4. Review • Last week we looked at Unsworth, Wesch, and Shirky – Two methods of classification available to digital scholars – Both are useful • The we learned to use Delicious – Tag based – Illustrates Shirky’s ideas
  5. 5. Overview • This week we turn to the Blogosphere – One of the reasons that bookmarking software emerged in the first place • We want to know: – What is the history of blogging? – What is the nature of blogging? – Is it useful for academic work? – If so, how?
  6. 6. Was blogging new?
  7. 7. “Blogging was embraced in the late ’90s by the masses but was preceded by isolated projects spearheaded by visionary individuals. … The blog interface is, perhaps, an invention but the act of blogging itself is a combination of several trends in early internet behavior. A blog is a discussion board (USENET), a trading post (mod.ber), a newspaper (Cleveland freenet), a journal (Open Diary), an encyclopedia (travel-library.com) . . .” Another open narrative …
  8. 8. History • Word coined by John Barger 1997 – Web + Log = “blog” • Began as hand made online diaries, “personal home pages,” and lists of things – Drudge Report • Eventually blogging software emerged with fixed certain features – Radio UserLand, Blogger, Moveable Type, WordPress – River of news, archives, blogrolls, RSS … • Evolved into a platform for personal publishing – And the “feed”
  9. 9. http://www.ikissyou.org/
  10. 10. 1997 News aggregation
  11. 11. Distinctive Features • Blurring of Public and Private, Formal and Informal discourse – Personal Broadcasting / Publishing – Individual as “brand” • The List as organizational framework – No imposed document framework, just an unending feed (hence RSS-able) – A personal database of thoughts … • Linking becomes overtly about personal relationships • Space over Time ….
  12. 12. Academic writing, journalism Letters, Diaries Informal Formal PrivatePublic Non-fiction Genres
  13. 13. Blogs Academic writing Journalism Letters Diaries Prayers? Informal Formal PrivatePublic Non-fiction Genres
  14. 14. What are the lexia of the blog? How are they connected?
  15. 15. Internal and External Structure • Internal – Posts – “River of news” – Date, categories, tags – Permalinks • External – Trackbacks  See Amanda French’s post – Pingbacks  Updates sent to – Technorati – FOAF
  16. 16. Spatial Reach (Geography) TimeDepth(History) Western Tradition The Web The Space-time of Content
  17. 17. Can blogging replace the academic essay?
  18. 18. PRESTIGE?
  19. 19. Academic blogs • Amanda French (amandafrench.net) • From the Hands of Quacks (jaivirdi.wordpress.com) • Grand Text Auto (grandtextauto.org) • Savage Minds (savageminds.org) • Leiter Reports http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2010/10/ most-significant-philosophers-of-science-of-the- 20th-century-the-results.html
  20. 20. Another search zone on the Web • Delicious, Diigo  Bookmarks • Digg, Reddit  Bookmarks with comments • Technorati, Google Blogs, blogs.com  BLOGS • Google News and Scholar Other
  21. 21. • Set up Google Reader -- DONE • Search for blogs on Google Blogs, Technorati, and Blogs.com – Look for Academic blogs relating to your areas • Add useful blogs to Google Reader – Use tags – then see how they are they are tagged in Delicious Exercise

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