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Blogs

This prezi describes what blogs are, history, and future influence in society.
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Jon Bednez

on 2 December 2010

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BLOGS By Jon Bednez What is a blog? A blog is basically a "web log" or online journal that one can read, write, or edit individually, in a shared community, or organized group.
Jorn. "After 10 Years of Blogs, the <Future's Brighter Than Ever". <http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/news/2007/12/blog_anniversary.>
Merholz, Peter. "Peterme.com". The Internet Archive. <http://web.archive.org/web/19991013021124/http://peterme.com/index.html.>
Origins of "Blog" and "Blogger", American Dialect Society Mailing List (Apr. 20, 2008).
Wikipedia.org. <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog>
Wiktionary.org. <en.wiktionary.org/wiki/blog>
Wordnetweb.edu. <wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn> A person who creates a blog is
known simply as a "blogger". The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger (Jorn) on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999. (Merholz) There are many types of blogs, whether in content
or how the content is presented. Blog types include:
Personal
Corporate or Organizational
Genre - political, travel, house, fashion, project, educational, legal, etc.
Media Type - video (vlog), links (linklog), sketchblog, photoblog, and tumblelogs (Blogs with shorter posts and mixed media types), etc.
Device
Before blogging became popular, digital communities took many forms, including Usenet, commercial online services such as GEnie. In the 1990s, Internet forum software, created running conversations with "threads." Threads are topical connections between messages on a virtual "corkboard." (Wikipedia.org) In the early 1990s, blogs were not considered blogs.
Modern blogs evolved from online diaries, where
people kept track of their personal lives on the Web.
The earliest blogs were considered manually updated
components of a website or common web sites. Eventually, in 1999, blogs increased dramatically in
popularity. Bruce Ableson (an American programmer and website developer from West Bloomfield, Michigan) launched Open Diary in October 1998, which soon grew to thousands of online diaries. Open Diary innovated the reader comment, becoming the first blog community where readers could add comments to other writers' blog entries. (Wikipedia.org) And typically, blogs are written in chronological
order, like this presentation. Blogs involve opinions, facts, videos, pictures, various topics, etc. that people can reflect upon, share thoughts, or discuss. And it is type of website or part of a website.
(Wordnetweb.edu, Wikipedia.org, Wiktionary.org) Since the early 2000s, blogs have had a political impact in
society, affecting news stories and articles. For instance,
people have placed strong arguments on both sides of the
Iraqi war and other controversial topics.
As blogs increased in popularity, so did people's responses
to issues in society. By 2004, the role of blogs became increasingly mainstream, as political consultants, news services, and candidates began using them as tools for outreach and opinion forming. (Wikipedia.org)
Due to mainstream acceptance of blogs, some newspaper companies
are struggling to keep up. Since 2009, the presence of American journalism has declined rapidly. Blogs are an emerging influence that
can't be ignored. News may become a huge blogosphere (a collective community of blogs),
dismissing traditional forms of journalism. Blogs are much harder to control than broadcast or even print media. As a result, totalitarian and authoritarian regimes often seek to suppress blogs and/or to punish those who maintain them. So blogging can have real consequences in politically sensitive areas. There have even been serious person safety issues from blogging. Kathy
Sierra, blogger of "Creating Passionate Users" was cyberstalked with
possible threats and attacks against her. To counter abusive online behaviour, supporters proposed the Blogger's Code of Conduct (a proposal by Tim O'Reilly for bloggers to enforce civility on their blogs by being civil themselves and moderating comments on their blog). Whether or not you have a blog or not, you can't
deny their popularity and influence in society. Blogs
are part of social networking and Internet. Blogs can be very useful. And there are even books that have been generated from blogs called blooks. History Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms. (Origins) Influence MAINSTREAM Types Works cited
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