• – Well it looks like Stu is going to get to be with Lane after all… thanks to the power of Blogger.

    The next few links are some that I’ve found while working on my term paper on the the weblog phenomenum. (I’ll post the paper in a few days once I finish it.)

  • Rebecca’s Pocket: weblogs – a history and perspective. A thoughtful essay dated 7 september 2000.
  • Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies is an excellent listing of academic resources and journals for cybermedia research.
  • Com Tech Online – regretably the attrocious web design takes away from what has the potential of being a very useful tool for New Media research.
  • Let there be Blogs! Imagine writing a diary that everyone on Earth could read . . .
  • Christian Science Monitor: The nature of the blog
  • A typology of weblogs
  • The Guadian Unlimited: As simple as falling off a blog
  • Washington Post: A Day-by-day in the life
      “Blogs are known for personal information, much of it boring,” concedes Keaggy, who spends 10 minutes to two hours a day compiling his logs. “But they can be a great filter for knowledge-sharing in business. They are not going to go away.”

      Personal blogging is almost a cottage industry, especially among young people who make a habit of reading other people’s blogs much as their elders peruse magazines and newspapers. Hyperlinks to online resources surrounded by fresh, personal commentary are evolving into a specialized Web publishing form, one no other medium can replicate.

  • Triumph of the Weblogs
      Many Weblogs are pointless, self-indulgent or interesting only to a small circle of people. As with everything else on the Web, though, there are plenty of diamonds in the rough. One person’s meat is another’s poison, and even sites with a tiny audience may satisfy their creators and readers enough to stay vibrant for a long time. Notes Userland ceo Dave Winer, “As a writer and a lover of good writing, I look forward to lots of great new ideas coming from people I’ve never heard of before.”

      Weblogs address several aspects of the terminal information overload we face today. First, there’s just too much stuff out there for anyone to read through all of it. Keeping up with breaking news and developments in specific fields of interest has never been more challenging. Second, the proliferation of content on the Web reduces the authority of traditional media brands and gatekeepers, who no longer have a lock on audience eyeballs (see Release 1.0, November 1999).

      Weblogs let humans serve as filters and amplifiers of content from many sources, and allow users to choose the editors they like. As we’ve discussed before (see Release 1.0, July/August 1999), this vision requires good syndication mechanisms for people to find Weblogs they like and dynamically to filter and aggregate content from several Weblogs. Such tools are still in the early stages of development. However, the rapid adoption of extensible markup language (XML) formats for distributing content as well as dynamic Web services is a hopeful sign.