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What’s next for blogging: I try to predict the future.

In The Beginning: [1980]

THERE WAS USENET! What’s that? Well, basically some guys made a world wide discussion board.

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Then we can journey through 1994-2001:

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In addition to just an “online diary,” blogs introduced entirely new tools only available through the web: permalinks, blogrolls, and trackbacks.

Then comes the politics: [2001-2004]

Now people can give live/public commentary on their favorite political happenings!

Keying up to the present: [2004-now]

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WHAT DO WE DO NOW?! WHAT’S NEXT?!

Certain questions will be answered: what makes “the perfect” blog?

Blogging will become a way to portray your personality. If you seem to be a generally likable person in your posts, more people will support you.

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Instead of petty judgments being thrown out face-to-face in direct confrontations, they will be thrown out blog-to-blog.

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Everything will be considered an experiment.

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Soon, all forms of communication will be done through the blogosphere. Instead of langage barriers, there will be coding errors. “HTML” will be used in everyday web conversation. People will be more afraid of the network crashing than the market crashing. Even worse, hashtags will be everywhere. #SpringBreak2003

Or…

Blogging will fade away like the tamagotchi you never fed.

*All information from sections In The Beginning through Keying up to the present (a.k.a. the historical sections) came from here. Thank you Wikipedia! This is why I give you money every once in a while.

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How things have changed since 2007 plus a goat.

Chapter Nineteen: A Vision for Genuine Rich Media Blogging

Blogging is not just about text and the written word. There are different mediums out there for everyone to try. For instance, podcasting: basically blogger radio. They can cover they news just like any other radio station but they can be a little more specific in their topic choices. Just like any other blog, you can subscribe to receive any updated episodes. You’ll get all the sass, all the bias, all the technology, with none of the reading… or the linking. Personally, I’m not the largest fan of podcasting but I can respect the art nonetheless.

Then there is what the book calls “videocasting” which, I have also heard, can be called “vlogging.” Actually there are a lot of things me and this book do not agree on. Maybe because it was written in 2007. Who knows? Maybe I’m just wrong. Anyway, the book describes videocasting as a lot like podcasting: there are people and they are talking in a blog-like manner. On the other hand, the author (this chapter is by Adrian Miles) claims there is no way for videos and podcasts to hyperlink, no way for them to cite their sources, so to speak. At least, there is no easy way to do it. Thus we are left with the comparison that videocasting and podcasting are like those book-on-tapes you’d listen to on road trips with your parents or old ski coaches. You know, with podcasting I could actually agree with that comparison. You’re listening to an mp3 file and that is pretty much all there is to it.

HOWEVER, with videocasting/vlogging there have been quite the innovations. If you have uploaded any YouTube videos at all lately you might have noticed the options to… (drum roll, please)… ADD LINKS.  That’s right, everyone, TECHNOLOGY IS POWER. And it’s relatively easy, too.

Like always, there’s a catch. You can’t put external links on your video itself unless you’re a YouTube partner. There are loopholes for this, though. In the “About” section of your video (usually found beneath the video itself) you can link wherever you want. For instance, SourceFed has a link to their other videos embedded in their video at the very end however, they have to link to their external sources below in the “About” section.

BOOM. If that isn’t technological innovation at its finest, I don’t know what is.

I know… there are probably better examples out there. Just accept me. Please. Or not. You know. Whatever floats your goat.

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What my pink highlighter taught me.

Chapter Eleven

Scholarly Blogging: Moving toward the Visible College

Blogging boils down to three major settings: the notebook, the coffee house, and the editorial page. The phrases themselves are rather self-explanatory; however there is one more type that seems to be a hybrid division: the scholarly blog.

A decade ago Harrison and Stephen explained why computer networking was of such interest to academics. It played to long-held ideals among scholars that had yet to be realized: “unending and inclusive scholarly conversation; collaborative inquiry limited only by mutual interests; unrestrained access to scholarly resources; independent, decentralized learning; and a timely and universally accessible system for representing, distributing, and archiving knowledge.” (118)

Scholarly blogs provide most, if not all, of these opportunities. If anything they follow the four major themes of blogging practices:

  • They rely on networked audiences.
  • They encourage conversation between readers.
  • They are generally a low-intensity activity.
  • Depending on the blog, they can portray a transparent thinking-in-process style.

Let’s talk about the three bog settings, first being “The Notebook.” Like any other diary of sorts, this type of blog allows you to jot down any ideas, quotes, dreams, ice cream flavors, or whatever else suits your fancy. It’s a way of thinking out loud without really verbalizing anything (Unless you’re like me, where you type and talk at the same time). Taken to a more professional level:

The notebooks of many scholars, from Faraday to da Vinci to Gramsci to Darwin, have opened up new realms to later researchers. While the use of such a notebook differs from field to field, in sciences  it might be argued that the ab notebook represents a clear expression of everything the scientist does. (119)

As Cory Doctorow put it, the notebook blog is like his “outboard brain.” Through links he is able to draw lines to relevancy thus making his simple lecture notes even more interesting and interactive.

Nest, we have “The Coffee House.” Although not very common in the large-scale blogosphere, The Coffee House community can still be traced through the hyperlinks recorded back and forth between them.

Many have suggested that blogging in the modern recapitulation of pamphleteering, but like blogs, the coffee houe thrived on mixing and exchanging the opinions and ideas of those from a variety of backgrounds. Like blogs, however, those with particular interests or political leanings were likely to flock to the same coffeehouse. (120)

Like interests are attracted to like interests. Hmm, seems legit.

Lastly, we have “The Opinions Page,” which, like any other Op. Ed. page in a newspaper, represents an opinion not necessarily expressed by a journalist. It represents information provided by those who wish to educate the public and “engage in public issues.” Scholarly blogging finds its foothold here. Blogs provide a forum where those communication barriers aren’t so prominent.

However, some scholars are finding it tough to distinguish work versus play, what’s personal versus what’s professional, what is appropriate versus what is way too much information.

In the end, though blogging is here to stay. At least, for a little while. It provides that bit of communication other forums may be lacking.

Exhausted Devan commentary.

Exhausted Devan commentary.

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