When I think of linearity I think of a line; something going in only one direction. I also think that Lupton is also talking about something similar to this idea. What I think she means is that if writing is linear is when then the writing is flowing in one direction. The work starts at one end and finishes at another; there is not moving around or skipping around. She related this idea of linearity to speaking which made it a bit easier to understand the concept. Think about it; when you speak you don’t skip words, you put words together to form a sentence, then the sentences form a story. She gave examples like reading written text or watching a PowerPoint is linear. One could also thing of linearity as something sequential; one thing must go after the other to form ideas. In a PowerPoint you watch/read the first slide to understand the second slide and the thirds slide and so on and so forth.
I do not think that blogging is linear. I would also think that Lupton would agree with my statement. She says that some digital media is nonlinear. She says that nonlinear forms, “The Web is pushing author, editors and designers to work inventively with new modes of microconent (page titles, key words, alt tags) that allow data to be searched, indexed, bookmarked, translated into audio or otherwise marked for recall.” Blogging does just that. Bloggers use key words and pages on their posts. These things allow readers to redirect to other similar topics; this causes the readers to get sent away from the original text.
“Who Is A Journalist?.” Journalism Studies 9.1 (2008): 117-131. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 11 Oct. 2013.
This article talks about why journalism is not under the publics interest anymore and why people do not see it as a creditable source. Blogging has changed the ways of communication and forced journalist to change their practices. The author talks about how blogging misinforms, dis-informs, and vilifies information; journalist had this task all to themselves but blogging is taking that away from them. The uprising of the Internet has challenged journalists’ old methods. Now anyone can do a job similar to a journalist and still makes a living. Journalism is now faced with challenges of competing against other forms of media such as YouTube and others blogs. The journalist says that journalism must adapt to this new environment or perish. The lines between journalism and blogging becomes unclear to readers because one can not differentiate credible information from opinion or misleading information. Blogging is not considered to be Journalism; they do compete against each other for the position of best informational source. Although blogging is not journalism it has caused journalism to change drastically by challenging it to be more creative and try new things to attract readers.
I think a way to determine whether a blog is good or not is to compare the author’s tone to the subject they are talking about. The blog that I am reading is a cooking blog; she is talking about a healthier alternative to the original and very fating snicker doodle recipe. I think this blogger does have good writing. I can really see her excitement about this recipe with the punctuations that she uses; she uses exclamation points and all caps. She uses the language of the Internet to convey her feeling through writing (using all caps, emojis, punctuation). You can also tell through her writing that she is young which I personally like because I am also young. Her use of emoi’s shows her youthfulness and also shows the reader how excited she is to post. I know many people do not like it when writers use this but I personally do. Just as I said previously, the theme of your blog should determine your tone. This blogger decided to do a cooking blog, which could go either way. The author is young but she still does write her blog using proper grammar. She does not use any slang terms or misspells anything. I think using slang is only appropriate under quotation marks. Slang should not be used in a blog unless you’re doing a comedic blog. This blogger is not doing not doing a comedic blog so she must keep her grammar correct.
Blood, Rebecca. “Weblogs And Journalism: Do They Connect?.” Nieman Reports 57.3 (2003): 61-63.Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 4 Oct. 2013.
This articles talks about the importance of blogging in today’s society and in journalism. The author says that previously people were making claims that web blogging was the new form of journalism but in recent years has been modified to some web blogs are doing journalism some of the time. They say that there are four different types of blog pages: those written by journalist, those written by professionals about their industry, those written by individuals at the scene of a major even and those that use the news to hear about current events. Being a journalist does not make all your works journalism. The author also states that, “to include everyone who writes anything about current events. I prefer the term ‘participatory media’ for the blogger’s practice of actively highlighting and framing the news that is reported by journalist, a practice potentially as important as –but different from –journalism.” He points out that the blogger is using recycled information and not receiving directly from the source. He does not say that blogging is not important but that people should not get the two confused because they are different. Blogging is much more opinion based, biased and sometimes not accurate compared to journalism.
The article “Nude” really showed me how vulnerable media is once it is put on the Internet. I never really realized how easy it is for people to change and modify text. Simply placing the text into a Word document changes the format and originality of the text. He really shows how it is different to printed text. It is much more difficult to make changes and take hide the source of the article when it is in a printed form. Modifying an article or an image can also take away the credibility. Since it is modified it may not have the correct content that the original form of media had; an example of this are images of celebrities online. Celebrities are always having their picture taken by paparazzi and posted online. A lot of readers take these pictures and modify the image making it completely different. A picture of a celebrity is taken in one place, cut and pasted onto another image. Anyone can modify it and repost it on the Internet. Once it is on the Internet it spreads like wildfire. This idea of modification can be connected to Lauren DiCioccio’s paintings. She takes texts and replaces the words with painted circles. She is using the media, which is readily available, and modifies it to create something completely different. In this case she is doing no harm to anyone. Her painting really allows one to see the format of the text. Anything on that is posted on the Internet is vulnerable to modification and changes.
Friedman, Jacob. “Blogging vs. Journalism: The Ongoing Debate.” The Next Web. 10
This article agrees with the idea that bloggers are not considered journalist. The author mentions in the article that in order to be a journalist one must go get interview people, get some facts and then write about what they learned. The best fact that is mentioned it that journalism is not an opinion. Journalism is supposed to give unbiased facts; it is not suppose to incorporate the opinion of the writer. Blogging is sometimes a stepping-stone for journalist. They start off writing about things they are passionate about. Author mentions that journalists are not better than bloggers but they are both in two different categories. The lines between journalism and blogging can sometimes be difficult to distinguish but it is still present.
Sometimes people like to share pictures and videos to their friends on the Internet. The problem with this is that the people that share this tend to forget to give the creator any credit and sometimes they do not even know who the creator is. Creative Commons media allows people who want to share media to do it in a legal and appropriate manner. Although the Internet is a free zone it does have rules. There are copyright rules that should be followed and if these rules are not followed the person sharing it may deal with consequences. Creative Commons tells people what pictures are able to be used and how restricted they are. Some pictures people are allowed to change or sell pictures. Anything on this website lets you search safe pictures. It may seem like as a blogger your being restricted but that is not the case. Bloggers can take full advantage of this tool by promoting the subject they are writing about. An example is that some bloggers write stories and they post this up and allow others to share their story. This way the blogger and their work would be distributed faster and they would be recognized among a larger crowd. Bloggers are able to promote their work a lot more through this site and this also prevents others from taking the credit away from the original creator. Users also benefit from using Creative Commons. They are able to see the topics that they like from the original creators.