Initial thoughts on “Blogumentary”

– The issue of a “filter bubble” or an “echo chamber” — if you shout into the void, who actually hears you other than other people shouting similar things? Influence is hard to measure.

– Blogs as more realistic and more human than mainstream journalism, perhaps because it doesn’t pretend to be absolutely true or unbiased. Are blogs therefore in some respects more honest than news articles?

– Blogging as “open-source journalism.” What happens when the masses are collectively wrong? Hive mind vs distributed intelligence?

– What happens now that newspapers’ websites have a “blogs” section?

– And what happens when journalists start blogging or tweeting? Celebrities? Corporate entities? e.g. Disney has a Tumblr. So does the White House. So does the New York Times. Most companies have Facebook pages.

– And also–blogs as performance media, people blogging as fake people (re: Plain Layne). To what extent do we “perform” online, even if we write about ourselves? Facebook as curating a personal life story, an archive of yourself moderated by yourself?

– And on the flip side–do we treat other people’s lives as real-life soap operas?

– What does this look like now? Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest. The notion of “liking” and “sharing” or “reblogging.” Things are more spreadable than ever now that you can not only hyperlink to other content, you can easily copy content from another blog and put it on your own.

– Things also get passed from site to site. Reddit links to imgur, people post Tumblr screencaps to Reddit and imgur and Facebook, Facebook and Instagram screencaps show up on Tumblr and Reddit…

– Not just text media. Youtube vlogging community is huge. Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest are more visually centered. Vine is short video.

– Not everyone can see everything–privacy settings on Facebook. We can write to a “private public” — everyone we know, instead of everybody everybody.

– There exist Tumblrs that purely exist for reblogging other content–and in a sense, we can create a story or a personality completely out of what sorts of things we reblog, without technically “creating” any content.

– “Democracy is a conversation, not a one-way monologue” by the mainstream media. This is important.

– “Blogging saves lives.” This is also important. The medium of web content is in many cases such that it’s easier to post on your Facebook than to talk to a friend.

– Blogging can bring us closer to other people in ways that supersede the Internet. It brings us closer to our friends, it brings us closer to our families. You can post content to a Tumblr or to Facebook in ways that you wouldn’t say aloud or even send to just one person. Contrast with the common criticism that kids don’t make “real friends” anymore now that the Internet exists. danah boyd talks about this in it’s complicated.

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