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November 01, 2005
A weblog is a weblog is a weblog...and that includes diaries and journals
Weblog-ed today has a commentary on a USA Today article that I simply can't let slide by. I am completely taken aback by the limited definition of weblogs that he is applying here. I've very clear that under this definition nothing posted can be presonal, then it would be *collective gasp* a diary not a weblog. Interestingly he seems to be using diary and journal as interchangable terms, but in such as way that neither of them is a weblog. I am totally unclear on what he is defining as a weblog and on why he draws such a hard distinction, when very few others have found such a distinction to be practical.
USA Today says "Teens wear their hearts on their blog." Isn't that special. Just 'cause I don't think it can hurt anything to make the point again, what follows are not descriptions of blogging:
"...mostly they simply relay the details of their daily lives." Not blogging.
"Girls, who dominate blogging, use it especially to talk about personal feelings." Not blogging.
"Rypkema uses her blog to communicate with friends and as 'a way to pour out my emotions.'" Not blogging.
And some ironies in the descriptions:
"'I feel like family and close friends shouldn't be reading my diary in secret,' she says." Ah-HA! Not blogging. Diary-ing.
"While famous political bloggers have thousands of readers..." So, are they simply relaying the details of their daily lives?
"Experts are divided about whether and how parents should treat the journals -- especially when it comes to teens over 13." Double Ah-HA! JOURNALS! A different genre.
I know, I know. Let it go. Lost cause. Never win the battle. Etc...
But this portrayal is exactly why schools start banning them (even though they know they're journals) and more importantly, why they don't think of them as potential learning tools.
Of course I totally disagree with the point made above. All of the statements are examples of blogging. Rather than diaries and journals being a different genre than a weblogs, in fact all a weblog is is a posting venue, a venue that then has genres of which diaries/journals are one. Somehow we miss that books are a technology and fiction, romance, etc....are genre's of books.
< 11/1/05 06:32 p.m. > The debate is continuing on Weblog-ed, come join us and express your opinions after you read the comments to this post. I should add that you will need to register on his site to post comments there.
Posted by prolurkr at November 1, 2005 01:14 PM
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