Imagining the Blogosphere: Notes

Summary

This article had many main points that stood out to me. One in particular would be the reference of icebergs and the blogosphere. The author stated that the inactive blogs are like an iceberg that floats away, “out of sight out of mind.” When blogs are more active, they are considered the icebergs that made it “above the waterline.” Their blogs are updated more often, read by many people, and have consistent links. This stood out to me because I feel like if I were to create a blog on my own, I would maybe pay attention to it for a week before I forgot about it or ran out of ideas, you know, out of sight out of mind. But there are definitely other bloggers that really pay attention to their blogs for a couple months to a year, and their blogs are the ones that are going to make an appearance in the future.

Another thing that is different between bloggers is the way a blogosphere exists to the blogger. The blogosphere exists more for the people who use their blogs more frequently. It resides in the mind of the blogger as an online, “imagined community” resulting from the shared experience of instant publishing. There are different ideas of a blogosphere, but it still largely depends upon traditional media sources for breaking news and for costly investigative reporting. The blogosphere has been said to form a unique relationship between blogs and the global media outlets. Blogs cover stories in ways that the mainstream media could not or would not do. Bloggers are not afraid to share the ugly truth about events, and this can evoke feelings of shared experiences among readers and other bloggers. One example that the article gave was the events on September 11, 2001. The media covered the story in a PG rated way, where as personal bloggers shared the ugly truth about what the event meant to them. Some may have shared vivid vision of the events, others may have shared their feelings on the event, and other may have lost a loved one in the tragedy. The media covered the story is a political way, and bloggers covered the story in a personal way.

The last thing I wanted to point out was about the empowerment of a blog. A blog allows the author to have greater freedom to provide radiant, personal, and political commentary that would not be possible within the framework of a traditional media outlet. A blogger can share whatever they want, whenever they want, with whomever they want, and I think this is amazing. A blog is almost like a personal diary, expect you are clicking from link to link instead of flipping from page to page. The imagined community of blogging allows users to both experience the shared base of knowledge and contribute directly to the culture consciousness.

Main Idea and Key Terms

The main idea of this article was the the blogosphere is expanding in ways we never thought it would. There are many different types of blogs that are out there and have yet to be discovered. Blogs are very different from media outlets.

Blogosphere: The community in which a blogger enters when they begin blogging. “The community of all the bloggers.”

Imagined Community: All communities larger than primordial villages of face-to-face contact, and maybe even the blogosphere, are imagined.

Nano-audiences: Blogs that are rarely linked to by other blogs, are closely related to personal diaries rather than the common link-commentary blogs, and usually have an audience that consists of family and friends.

Mass Ceremony: Individuals receive information relevant to their lives within the national community. An example would be the daily newspaper.

Blogdom: a single blog, composed of distinct, short chunks of information that is published in reverse chronological order

Commentary

I know this was already covered in my notes, but this part of the article really stood out to me. On the second page of the article, the author talks about how the blogosphere still largely depends on media outlets for breaking news and investigative reports and findings, but the blogosphere has added another global mediascape for people to refer to. They gave the example of the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. When it comes to media outlets covering, they are all getting the same information about the same topic. When events like these are covered on blogs, they information is all different. The blogs that were posted on or about the events on September 11th are all different. Some shared about their loses, some shared about their experience, and others shared their feelings toward the event. I think that it is important for blogs to stay active so that the public can get the raw story of the event.

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