For this week’s assignment I decided to look up the Wikipedia page on blogs ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogging). Blogs are a topic we have discussed extensively in class and is something I am very interested in, being simultaneously disgusted and fascinated by their rise in popularity. This page has been present on Wikipedia since 2001 and has had hundreds of editors. I will admit that I was expecting a more comprehensive explanation about blogs, considering their popularity, although the page does explain some aspects of a blog very well.
The history section of this page is quite poor. They explain where the rudimentary form of blogs came from but do not go in-depth with how blogs become mainstream. The page gives examples of how blogs have now become mainstream, but it is missing a lot of the information we learned in class about the origins of blogs in the mainstream media. This page is also poorly organized in my opinion. The page discusses the social implications of blogs and the legal issues surrounding blogs before it discusses the origins.
This page does have some interesting sections. Most specifically its section on the impact bogging has had on employment. It talks about several court cases which centered around blog related firings. Furthermore it does a nice job discussing the social and legal implications of blogs. However it does a very poor job with some of its other sections. Its section on rise in popularity is only 4 bullet points and just list blogs that were popular.
This page is somewhat bipolar in that half the time it does a great job of explaining an aspect of blogging and other times it just skims over an issue or leaves out a topic. All of the references in the article are pretty good, and if you go through all of the 75 references you will get a very thorough understanding of blogs. However the page itself is not enough to bring someone completely up to speed on the world of blogging.
Class Blog: New Media and Society