April 16, 2004

THE BLOGOSPHERE

HUMANS AND ANTS

Blogs are 'human' and 'social' in relation to abstract and objectivistic structures.

The 'human' metaphor describes the openness, the dynamics and the self-organizing structures of the blogosphere.

But they have been described as being 'ant-like' as well.

Blogs are forms of abstract subjectivity based on software, texts and the web.

BLOGOSPHERE AS SOCIAL SPHERE

Blogs create secondary 'social webs' out of texts and signs.

These abstract structures can again create new social practices and experiences.

In 'flashmobs' and 'meetups' the secondary becomes 'primary reality' again.

But in fact that doesn't mean a 'return' to reality. It's a new social environment in an augmented, mixed reality.

BLOGOSPHERE AS SEMIOSPHERE

Blogs create a semantic web by abstract socializing.

They create 'clouds' that get semantically charged with every posting, every link and every feedback.

The result is an emerging 'semantic web' where nobody has actually to be the author of the meta data needed.

links:

(1) META BLOGGING
seb fiedler's profile
joho profile
technorati - threadorati
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Searching the World Live Web
http://novaspivack.typepad.com/
has 1872 Links from 89 Sources
(Make this a Watchlist)
Query took 3.452 seconds
Ranked by freshness | Rank by Source authority
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(2) RSS FEEDS
for example: spivack rss syndication
rss reader (cross-platform)
rss reader online
(3) MICROCONTENT: ANTS & BEETLES
bloggers are ants
bloggers are dung beetles
(4) INFO BLOG vs. COMMUNITY
joi ito: personal touch of getting informed
praschl: the personal touch (even literature)
antville log community

Posted by martin at April 16, 2004 12:11 AM
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