The Beauty of Blogs

The blog is one of many relatively new avenues of expression opened up by the internet. Like other internet mediums, the blog is interesting in that it bypasses traditional monologic media – it is dialogic. This means that of just reading it, you can interact with a blog, by leaving a comment, liking/disliking content, or get in contact with the blogger. If you don’t like something, you are free to point it out (whether anyone listens or not is a whole other story)UntitledThis is an important step forwards, as it means the audience can directly interact with content creators and each other – bloggers can receive feedback, and conversations are formed that can potentially involve thousands of people. It is not just one voice, but many voices, all yelling at each other in beautiful disharmony.

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No editor? No problem.

Another marvelous feature of the blog is that anyone can start one – I’m proof. The only barriers to entry are an internet connection. Before blogs, the closest thing possible would be writing in newspapers/magazines, which not only required far greater commitment, but also limited what could be written about – because the monologic, traditional model has content pass through editors/one’s boss. Blogs bypass almost all gatekeepers, allowing any idea to be published at no cost, exactly as the blogger wants it.

Naturally this has its downsides, for every great blog readers can discover, there are millions of tons of crap to wade downloadthrough in order to discover the gems.

Because everyone has a somewhat equal chance at putting their two cents out into the world, and there are no publishing hoops to jump through, there are also many extremists that gain exposure previously limited by traditional media gateways.

However, I don’t mind putting up with the downsides of blogging, because the downsides are also the upsides that allowed me to write this post.

It’s all a matter of perspective.

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3 Replies to “The Beauty of Blogs”

  1. Hey Sunny,
    I really liked that you discussed both the upsides and downsides of the increase in blogging in this post, it was really easy to understand!
    In terms of comparing the two and weighing up whether it is beneficial overall (especially when considering the ease of accessing extremist information that you pointed out) do you think there is potential to explore that comparison directly?

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    1. I believe one could make a direct comparison, but when I tried, I kept coming back to the same idea – that the downsides are the upsides. I think it comes down to the fact that a blog is a way of voicing your opinion, and the downsides of this are only apparent when that opinion clashes with your own.

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  2. Hey Sunny! Really good that you had used an example relevant to all us BCM students (blogging) to explain how there is little to nothing, that can stop us from publishing our opinions now. Although I do suggest you have a read on Citizen journalism and real life cases on how people have used the means available to them, to get some real evidence out online. Here is an article I suggest reading: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/jun/11/rise-of-citizen-journalism

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