*

7.2.05

Amateurism = amateurism

An interesting attempt to distinguish between a diary and a weblog by Barbara Peerdeman. I don't agree with every point, but I enjoy the attempt at distinction. Too many confuse the two, and too many people mistake blogging for a genre, when it is a medium.

8 Comments:

Blogger Gaute said...

If only everything could be explained as a dichotomy.

I agree. The weblog is a medium through which many genres can find expression, a common one being the diary. Someone tried to coin the term "plog" at one point (denoting a "personal weblog") but thankfully this doesn't seem to have caught on.

February 07, 2005 5:18 pm  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Weblog is defenitely a medium which is increasingly used in political communication and by journos.

R
There are many variations of blogs, although three different types have been identified by Rebecca Blood: ‘i) the open diary; ii) news and annotated links format; and iii) the notebook, extended essay or editorial format (Redden; Jacobs; 2003).

February 07, 2005 5:22 pm  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Weblog is defenitely a medium which is increasingly used in political communication and by journos, but as it has derived from the diary format, I think it can also be to some extent, a genre.

Guy Redden distinguishes between three types of blogs:‘i) the open diary; ii) news and annotated links format; and iii) the notebook, extended essay or editorial format.`

(Redden, Guy (2003). ‘Read the whole thing: Journalism, weblogs and the re-mediation of the war in Iraq’. In Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, No. 109 November, 2003, p 153-165.)

February 07, 2005 5:25 pm  
Blogger MGL said...

Gaute: "There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who think that all kinds of people can be divided up into two kinds of people, and those who realize that that's an oversimplification."

Liz: I have some issue with attempting to create weblog "genres" like Blood does (I'm actually just about to start reading her essays, btw. Are they good?). I think that weblogs are something quite different from that. A representation of works so fragmented as to cast in doubt their nature as "work." I think that their very strength is their inconsistency, their ability to be something new each day, from post to post. Comedy, tragedy, personal, impersonal. Blogs are all about the sliding scale.

And I love the fact that you cited sources! More of that in comments!

February 07, 2005 5:33 pm  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

I think weblog is quite hybrid like you, although I do think the difference between a newsblog, eg. Guardian, BBC and Dagbladet, and your blog or Jill Walker´s blog lies in the content and purpose of the blog. In that sense I think one can distinguish between different formats. Although, I haven´t examined the format too deeply as I have been more concerned with the public´s use of blogs in a democracy, and how it has changed journalism, as well as the economic aspect of it.

I haven´t read Blood´s articles, but I understand they are quite historical. I quite liked Mortensen and Walker´s articles:

Mortensen, T and J, Walker (2002). ’Blogging Thoughts: Personal Publication as an online research tool.’ Intermedia.uio.no. Available at http://www.intermedia.uio.no/konferanser/skikt-02/docs/Researching_ICTs_in_context-Ch11-Mortensen-Walker.pdf

I found Poynter.org and cyberjournalist.net and Pew Research Centre to be quite helpful. The US seems to have much more research on blogs.

February 09, 2005 12:04 pm  
Blogger MGL said...

Heh. I posted a link to that article just a few weeks ago. I'm interested in the stuff about blogging and democracy. I'd like to read something at some point, if you have sources or something written yourself.

February 09, 2005 11:17 pm  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Well, I have written a 5,000 word essay on -How far has blogging replaced conventional journalism practice..I can always send it to you if you are interested? There is a report on www.oov.no, Prosjektrapport ´kommentarjournalistikk og meningsbærende aviser i det 21. århundre (Øvrebø, Olav Andreas mars 2003)´som kan være av interesse for deg?

February 21, 2005 5:25 pm  
Blogger MGL said...

I'd love to! My email adress is in the sidebar.

February 21, 2005 10:25 pm  

Post a Comment

<< Home