This article was incredibly dense and hard to read. All the information could have been spread out over triple the pages, but I appreciated the no-B.S. approach.
The comparison of traditional media, such as newspapers, and blogging was fascinating. I loved the market vs gift economy explanation, and how blogging benefits the audience more than a newspaper would because blogs are not driven by profit, they are driven by what people want to read. This is more decentralized and much less corporate. Blogging, in this way, is more democratic and open to those interested. I personally know what it is like to not have access to internet in your home easily and how undemocratic using the internet can be, especially when it is required for nearly everything nowadays. (I say ‘nowadays’ as if I was born in the seventies, but the internet wasn’t a huge thing in my house up until I reached twelve. Heck, even school didn’t use a ton of electronics. Now, almost every one of my classes requires the use of D2L and every activity I am involved in makes a texting or Snapchat group to keep up, including band.) Unless electronic devices and internet become actually free, there is no way for blogging to become universally accessible. Not to mention multiple language barriers. Those that say “Blogging is for everyone” more likely than not mean “Blogging is for those who can afford it.”
Going with the democratic point, there is much to think about by way of filtering. Many websites have options to filter tags that the reader does not want to see, which could include anything from violence to right-wing politics. While this may be helpful in removing inappropriate content, is there something to be said for taking in other points of view?
I found it fascinating that there was not an official term for what blogging really is. It is a community? Is it a common interest? Is it a blend of these or more?
I hadn’t really thought about blog’s ability to capture intense, personal, uncensored accounts of world events such as 9/11. This is obviously incredibly important to avoid bias within the information getting to the public. There is definitely less of a barrier, ie “What you can’t say on television.” I also hadn’t thought about the two-way street of blogging: newspapers don’t ask for much feedback besides who continues buying, but blogging is asking for constant comments, shares, likes, or reviews from other bloggers. This makes the ‘community’ sense of blogging even stronger.