Blog: 11 “ONLINE DAY” Ch 6 “Having Your Say” by: Baron and (from another book) Ch. 5 “My Fellow Blogging Americans: Weblogs and the Race for the White House” by: Nancy Snow


The 1st reading by Baron looks back in time, back to when life was, in my mind, simpler, before the Internet took over our daily lives. It talks about modern-day bogglers came to being by starting at the beginning with the history of talk-radio. The chapter relates the 2 types of expression in similar ways. In the reading it asks “why is talk radio so popular?” and it gives 3 reasons: (1) it’s a form of entertainment (2) it’s a medium of education (as long as you believe what you are hearing) and (3) a basis idea of Free Speech (p 103). These 3 reasons are the same 3 reasons why people write and follow/read blogs (p 113). Next the chapter states that with call radio callers/listeners usually call in (or in today’s world email or IM) the show/host because (1) they are seeking companionship, (2) they are lonely, (3) they are stuck at home, or (4) they are struck in traffic. Interesting enough when you think about why people get on social media sites, send text messages, and add posts and commits to their own as well as their friends walls. The basic blog featured were expressed (on p. 109 under the “Who Blogs, and About What?” section of this chapter) all blogs are predominantly text-based, entries appear in reverse chronological order and keep, by archiving, from the earliest post, blogs are frequently updated and edited, and blogs contain links to other sites to support the main topic and to show better explanations for examples and sub topics. Why do we Blog? Our next section and question in this reading. My own ideas the books were very similar. First we blog to express ourselves (creatively), second to document our personal experiences and share with others, third to stay in touch with friends and family, and finally to share knowledge or skill about t topic with others. Some other reasons are that people are able to vent and use it as a personal web diary, writing can use it” tool, and it is a blank slate for releasing emotional tension. Of course there are some that blog for money to promote a brand or company, “pushing” positive vibes to the readers. In the end of the reading the chapter suggests that if computers and the Internet were not so easy to connect too there would be no blog (web log), the opportunity to express one’s self “builds on historical precedents, but allows for a level of freedom of expression and participation, that was unheard of a decade ago,” (p125).

In the second reading, by Snow, asks, “Which came first, the blog or the political campaign?” (p 67)
This reading talks about the 2008 Political campaign, Obama v McCain for President. Snow explains that “Obama is tech-cool and McCain…is computer illiterate” (p 68). In my own thoughts I know now that Social Media helped Obama win the election, along with “Change” attitude and his race. He did his best and reached out the young people. He saw an advantage he could take and he took it with the help of his “Internet Man,” Chris Hughes. From the very start of Obama’s campaign he knew he need to used technology to grab more people, to get his name and his message known and spread it around the country and world quickly and as efficiently as possible. In the fall of 2006, Facebook allowed candidates to create profile s for their personal campaigns. This was revolutionary for the political campaign. If you only look at the candidates through social media, McCain didn’t stand a chance.

 

What a read! I loved learning more about blogs. I have never been blogger my self until this class and I have grown rather found of it. I am planning on keep this one after this class is over  for my academic thoughts about future readings and other class discussions as well as creating a more personal blog with my travel stories as well as news about social media and other topics that may interest me in the future. Both readings made a fantastic point that the Internet has changed they way we express ourselves, share, communicate, promoted, and learn. Political Campaigns and Personal Diaries will never be the same. Those who do not adapt to this new way of life will be left behind, they wouldn’t even have a chance. Candidates for any campaign don’t stand a chance in being elected if they don’t have some sort (usually multiple sorts) of social media amplifying the good and hiding the negative, promoting and advertising the person and his/her ideas by gathering followers via twitter, facebook, etc. Grapping an individual’s attention and watching them become more aware and more interested in that campaign. Young people may become more involved, social media is a new door that is wide open for all tech-savvy and social media junkies to get sucked in and become involved in the voting process and well as many other criteria.

 

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