Blogging history, terminology and potential

Blogs have taken on new meaning and importance in our society as evident by the fact that Plato was mentioned in the same chapter. The significance of blogging is seemingly just as important as the major transitions between orality and literacy. While some have underestimate the importance of blogging, these chapters dealt a little more with the terminology and capabilities of blogs as a whole.

Obviously, with blogs ordinary people can create and share their own media, allowing blogs to have more of a reciprocal nature, more conversational. With the invention of new media, there were new possibilities for improvement, such as the standardization of errors and organization. The ability to read and navigate the web as well as create individual content is the newest form of literacy.

Are children more literate than adults?

While this seems relatively obvious, I was struck with thinking about who has this new form of literacy. Obviously our generation is wholly capable of handling new media, and older generations are still trying to work out some of the kinks of a cell phone. Most surprisingly, I reminded myself that young children are already relatively literate with technology of today. No, none of them are posting blogs or on facebook creating their own media, but their exposure to increased technology will allow them to be able to pick up these skills more readily as they get older.

One line that stood out to me was that “print still holds strong as the culturally most respected medium”, which is obviously up for debate. Newspapers all over the country are collapsing until only the strong survive. Some even suggest that the New York Times only has a numbered amount of days left.

Employee of the New York Times discusses today’s world and influence of media

Connections made online 

Social media creates weak ties between people, essentially meaning that ideas spread through social media because it is so easy to see what other people are viewing and to share that as your own. It is a bridge between social groups, spheres and power groups. Cory Ondrejka, however, claims that “community can’t develop in blogs because people aren’t present at the same time and in the same place”. There are clearly people who argue against Ondrejka. Blogs have proven to have a rare and valuable skill of bringing people together from across states, countries and the world. There is no doubt that blogs can create a community through it’s followers. I think the difference is merely that the communities are different than than your standard communities of living and being in close proximity to one another. These communities are technologically based.

Major issues online

Social pressure and privacy are both issues that individuals face when joining a social media site. People, especially younger people, feel a constant pressure to be up-to-date with the newest social media connections and the need to continuously have many followers. Because society is so riddled with these new sites and available social resources, the question of privacy is one that has constantly been brought up. We are allowing ourselves to post pictures and life events for everyone to see. We are literally giving complete strangers the permission to get to know us through a website. It’s as if facebook, twitter and instagram are the only forms we have now of becoming friends with people and developing relationships. As a joke, many people say you aren’t really friends with someone until you’re “facebook official”. Social media has drastically changed how we approach relationships with anyone and particularly how we portray ourselves to others. Why do we continuously allow this? Well, everyone is doing it…



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