Root down blogging

No more useless APIs. No more Facebook likes or selfie sharing banalities. It’s about time to reignite root down blogging. Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Stand behind your beliefs. Write stories you think matter. Stop writing to be found on search engines. Stop sharing mindless banalities. Start being independent again. Start root down blogging.

Thanks Ghost for the reminder, even though the service is more about centralization, albeit the bare bones focus is how to break it down. It was time to revamp this digital space we call personal blog, a space that allows the self to rethink itself, trailblazing the decentralized web. Because you own your content that should be stored on your own server, independent, far away from the centralized servers of the supposedly free world.

„Bob Marley was a prophet for the freedom fight. If dancin‘ prays to the Lord then I will feel alright I feel a good to play a little music. Tears running down my face ‚cause I love to do it.“ – Beastie Boys



Earlier Social Networking

Blogs were one of the earliest forms of social networking where people were writing 1,000 words. When we moved to status updates on Facebook, our posts became shorter. Then micro-blogs like Twitter came along and shortened our updates to 140 characters. Now we are even skipping words altogether and moving towards more visual communication with social-sharing sites like Pinterest.

Dr. William J. Ward, Social Media professor at Syracuse University, from The Rise Of Visual Social Media via fastcompany

Werbeblender: PR, Pampern und Blogs


Wie wäre es mit einem kostenfreien Wochenende, mit Begleitung, in Barcelona zum Produktlaunch der neuen XS 50 Kamera? So kann eine Anfrage für ausgewählte Blogger sein. Für die meisten etablierten Journalisten ist kostenfrei auf Kosten anderer ge-pampered zu werden alter Wein, für ehemals unabhängige Blogger ist die Pamper-Kultur relativ frisch.

Während der Hauptoffensive des Irak Kriegs sind Blogs aus dem Boden gesprosseen, vor allem weil Bürger verblendete Information der Bush Krieger verstehen wollten. Einige sammelten sogar Geld ihrer Nutzer ein und waren vor Ort für sie unterwegs. Die meisten aber bloggten aus der Ferne und verlinkten zu den CNNs dieser Welt.

Kostenfreie Meinungen, getarnt mit ge-pamperten Ego und ohne werbliche Kennzeichnung sind auch als Native Text Ads im Angebot. An die eigene Propaganda zu glauben ist einfach wenn man eigene Vorteile à la Wulff mit nimmt. Ich hoffe es sprießen weiterhin genug neue Blogs aus dem Boden, die verblendete Weiterleitungsinformation filtern und Selbstzensur üben.

Die Grenzen verschwinden und am Ende ist es keiner gewesen. Uns helfen auch keine systemische Kollektiv Ansätze, die Monopole und Faulheit fördern, sondern ehrlicher Kommerz ohne Neid.

Blogs and Digital Culture

Weblogs link content.

To and about cultures, news, studies, thoughts, concepts, immediate reality, and practically all digitally inter-connected spheres. They allow glimpses into ambigious time and space coordinates, mostly personal and opinionated they speak out and invite to understand, define forms of digital being – enabling the self to re-think itself, writes Mortensen. They have the capability of linking the digital with the physical and challenge our notion of publication while re-defining news specialists. Intertwined in comment loops of foreign faces. Sharing a culture of real virtuality, which Castells describes as

a system in which reality itself is entirely captured, fully immersed in a virtual image setting, in the world of make believe, in which appearances are not just on the screen through which experience is communicated, but they become the experience.

These experiences are as diverse as the audiences themselves that oppose the idea of Mass Culture as Eco describes,

one thing we do know is that there doesn’t exist a Mass Culture in the sense imgained by the apocalyptic critics of mass communications because this model competes with others.

It is a nano culture that gained mediasphere visibility during the main offensive of the Iraq War, partly because netizens used this highly democratic publishing technology to make sense of war propaganda in times when the press cheers for the home army;

even in modern-nation states with supposedly free, democratic news media, writes Macarthur.

As a higher goal in any democracy is self actualization, the weblog is a supplement to this aim and

becomes yet another cultural form in which its representations (how it is perceived or thought about) can be viewed as a political position.

Mortensen, T., & Walker, J. (2002, April 8). Blogging Thoughts, pp. 265.

Castells, M. (2000). The Rise of the Network Society (Second ed.), pp. 404.

Eco in Castells, M. (2000). The Rise of the Network Society (Second ed.), pp. 363.

Trend, D. (Ed.). (2001). Reading Digital Culture, pp. 296.

Macarthur, J. R. (1992). Second Front – Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, pp. xi.

News as Commodity

Some recent thoughts or what Torill Mortensen claims, weblogs „are changing the way we think about thinking.“

An old saying, old news is no news still holds ground, despite communication scholars concerns with a definition of news and less with the question of what is not news. A directed report about a supposed event is inherently information.

When talking about information, Shannon’s mathematical theory of communication justifies the use of bits as a universal currency of information in many contexts, supported by his transmission theorems and source-channel theorems. Information that is news poses the question of time dependence and subsequent relation to the economics of news as a commodity.

Purchasing news is an experience, once viewed, its novelty wears off. And knowing too much about information before viewing reduces the desire to experience it, whereas higher information uncertainty increases chance of purchase.

Weblog Credibility @GOR

This is my summary post on the G.O.R. conference, which took place in the beautiful town of Duisburg. I proudly proclaimed to a local taxi driver, „this is my first visit  to Duisburg, „you haven’t missed much pal,“ was his response.

At the final presentation, most inspiring, because of my own research relevance, Odag and Schreier from the  International University Bremen conducted a study on the credibility of media reports during the Iraqi War 2003.

It was a receptive study of media diaries and weblogs. In the diaries, users recorded credibility of their media readings. The weblog analysis has yet to be finalized in their evaluation.

Studies conclusion: Weblogs are viewed as less credible than Big Media. Media diaries were more ambivalent. Media knowledge is important in determining credibility of source. Bloggers comment more frequently on perceived censorship in the media.

With regard to the weblog credibility issue, it’s still a new website format and users with little experience will quickly jump to conclusions on whether they are credible or not. And credibility takes time. Major news organizations had to establish their credibility over time. CNN broke the ice during the Gulf War. Not to mention, high quality weblogs are in the minority, then again it may depend on your information need.

Conference conclusion: I think this conference is here to stay. The university setting reflects the academic content. I think the bi-lingual format is key to further internationalization. Probably the best price/performance conference I have been at: €53,40 incl. workshop, 4 meals, free coffee, and cake.

One aspect needs improvement: some moderators could have engaged the audience in more discussion. Maybe that’s the format of the conference, but a little more bite could have spiced things up.

Overall, from the studies I saw, none seemed to have an inspirational vision for the future – the discourse was limited. Could be a general lack in German culture for progressive visions that challenge the status quo.