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Diaries of the 21st Century
Transcript of Diaries of the 21st Century
technologies and an old form generates what has become a productive tension within the
loose community formed by participation in the online diary. Both readers and writers work
together to establish a definition of the genre and its consequences that suits their particular
needs. As such, they make the Internet diary a useful response to the situations of contemporary society and culture.
Diaries of the 21st Century
Categorization of Diaries
1) according to their style:
a) intimate (usually by female authors)
b) anecdotal (male authors)
2) the purpose:
a) authentic (the records are done by the author just for himself)
b) stylized (for potential readership)
Diary as a Genre
A diary is a record (originally in handwritten format) with discrete entries arranged by date reporting on what has happened over the course of a day or other period. A personal diary may include a person's experiences, and/or thoughts or feelings, including comment on current events outside the writer's direct experience. Someone who keeps a diary is known as a diarist.
Despite their difference in name and occasionally in format, Weblogs draw upon the diary form and tradition, and perhaps we can read the blog as simply another kind or function of the diary genre, one particularly well-suited to contemporary diarists. Online participation in this genre allows writers to carry on public diary conversations that will no longer be monologic, where the response will not be just magined but actual.
In the 21st century, the fast development of computer technologies and internet has brought yet another sub-genre of diary literature, a blog. The blog is a type of diary that is published online and as such is usually written with an audience or readership in mind, on the other hand, it does not undergo any professional proofreading or any kind of an (auto) censorship; therefore it represents a mix between an authentic and a stylized diary in terms of the genre definition. These days, almost every one has a blog, ranging from a teenage pupil to a politician with a heavy influence.
Since online diaries incorporate the familiar alongside the strange, they are unsettling generic territory. Producing texts that consciously bridge both print and Internet cultures, online diarists work to give new audiences a context within which to understand their texts and help them develop expectations for the genre and its producers. Concerned with creating texts that serve functions for both themselves and their readers, online diarists write with an awareness of, and a desire for, a reading public unprecedented for the traditional concept of the diary and diarist. Carrying over to the Internet such expected features as dated, distinct entries, a confiding if not confessional tone, and a concern with the everyday details of one’s own life, Web-diarists reassure readers of the print diary that their narrative expectations will be met online.
Blogs as Successros of Printed Diearies