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.


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 mrtn 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 mrtn 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 mrtn said...

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

February 21, 2005 10:25 pm  

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