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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up". Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre

Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. Winner of the 2004 EduBlog Awards as best paper.

Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

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February 16, 2005

Biz Stone says that teen blogs are amazing

From Stone, Biz (2004). Who Let the Blogs Out? : A Hyperconnected Peek at the World of Weblogs. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Diary blogs are the ones critics use as ammo against blogging and sometimes refer to as "what I had for lunch today" blogs. The blogging communities Xanga and LiveJournal are brimming with teenagers who have no qualms about releasing obsession, rants, and secrets to their blog. The comparison between blogging and instant-messaging is apparent with those teen diary blogs. They can become a more permanent version of instant-message spamming their friends. Many come down on these blogs as trivial but they are in fact one of the most amazing facets of the blogging phenomenon. Teenagers talk about what interests them, what's on their minds, and what issues they are having. Xanga has features that allow bloggers to create and join groups, and blogging teenagers have organized themselves into categories for support of problems ranging from dating to self-mutilation. In some cases the most important thing is get it out in the open -- even if it's only whispered to your blog (pp. 53-54).

I've long felt that the online communication of teenagers tells us many things. The two most important are 1) how teens communicate to other teens when they do not perceive adults are present, and 2) allowing us to extrapolate how teens current communication will shape the future of online communication. Both are lofty goals.

It was nice to see a non-pejorative mention of teen bloggers, particularly diary bloggers, in a popular book on blogging. Often teens are dismissed online, as they usually are in the 3D world as well. To bad because it is the adults who suffer when they take that position.

Posted by prolurkr at February 16, 2005 03:20 PM

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