Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 114.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 09:18:00 +0100
From: Matt Kirschenbaum <firstname.lastname@example.org.Virginia.EDU>
Subject: Re: 17.110 research on blogging?
> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 08:43:51 +0100
> From: Alexandre Enkerli <email@example.com>
> [Yes, the informality is intended. Let's hope it doesn't rub against the
> Anyone here doing research on blogging and related phenomena (Wiki, RSS,
> Slashdot...)? Just curious.
If research consists in doing, then yes. I keep a blog at:
And I'd be curious to know about other Humanists who blog.
FWIW, here's something I had posted to my blog several months ago:
"Earlier I had said, none too originally, that the blog seems to
represent the next stage of evolution for the personal homepage. I still
think that's true, but my recent immersion in blogging has also brought
home to me the importance of feedback, interaction,
multi-directionality. You post and then wait for comments and
trackbacks. You log on in the morning and look at your blogroll to see
who's updated. It seems to me that blogs are filling the vacuum created
by the demise of many listserv discussion groups, at least in those
corners of the academic world I inhabit. Conversations that would have
once taken place on list have moved to the blogosphere, which functions
as a richer, more granular, and--this is what's most
important--self-organizing discourse network."
Blogs (and some of the other networked writing enviroments like Wikis)
are really pushing the technical edge these days in terms of hypertext
and collaborative discourse. Trackback, which is implemented in Movable
Type and several other blogging tools, is particularly worthy of note
because it's enabled what are essentially the first true peer-to-peer
links on the Web. Matt
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