this week in weblogs and wikis

Wordle of this post

A number of more extensive activities are going on this week as of Sunday am.

Jade sets up an extended discussion / possible project / repurposing concerning Publish – Then Filter and the tension between paper print and digital web publishing:

So, is this an issue of scholastic pride or preference, keeping bloggers from the titles that are preserved for a literary culture? Or is it an issue of our old definitions lagging behind the speed of our new media?

That’s a burgeoning discussion on Jade’s weblog- which, if the discussion takes hold (hint hint people), will make a repurposing.

Jade also has an interesting reflection on how repurposing works: repurposing isn’t a matter of imitating but “recreating from what I’ve seen.” Repurposing draws on what you’ve seen, read, heard to create something else. A Wordle version of a reading or a poem, for instance.

Ditto on Posted Note, where MLChambers considers whether blogging is publishing from a perspective of “entering the real world; searching for a job and living in my parents’ basement.” Links to overviews of the debates set up the discussion. Anyone going to take it? (Behind the scenes, by the way, you can see Mike’s reading on Diigo.)

On a similar topic, jmanassa has produced a prezi on bloggalism (along with coining a neologism: repurposing.) Excellent.

JManassa also has a brief post concerning the move to ebooks, like MLChambers’s posting, motivated by an imminent move to the marketplace. Using your blog to track and consider possible projects for this course is an example of aggregating – and a smart move.

it is a question I ponder, especially since I would ultimately like to end up in the publishing industry someday.  Although it is not directly related to this class, it is something I would like to look into a little bit alongside of how blogging is changing/overtaking the field of journalism.

(A side note: getting started: make a list of possible projects, directions, ideas to pursue. Then, for each, do a preliminary search on google for materials, add those as annotations to each project, and to your bookmarks. Call it a day.)

Muse of Destiny draws together Plato, Rettberg, her American Lit professor, and Robert Frost – and uses a found YouTube audio track of a reading of Frost and an embedded Wordle representation to illustrate (I would say, dramatize) the movement of understanding of a poem. She connects the way of coming to understand a poem in a classroom with coming to understand in blog culture.

In class today, my Am Lit professor explained in detail what the possible meaning behind Frost’s poem might be. She doesn’t know for sure what the author was saying, as she is not the author. In a way, it was like my professor was “commenting” on the poem, as though it were a blog post.

My professor’s comments on the poem led me to make my own conclusions about it. Therefore, I now have something I can say about the poem, other than it rhymes. This is analogous to blog culture – the author writes a post, then readers comment on it, giving other readers insight to the post, and giving them the opportunity to make their own conclusions about it – then the cycle repeats.

And now that I am able to make my own interpretation of Frost’s poem, I am impressed to find that it speaks volumes to me.

Muse’s post has four representations of the poem in it – maybe five. That’s a result her repurposing. I’m not going to list them.

A sleeper of a realization here:

It simply doesn’t occur to me that I could use my blog for my notes on the reading (they are currently 6 pages in a spiral bound notebook). Or that I should add links to the few interesting things I take the time to find on the internet (who wants to know about my lesson plans for my argument class). Twitter as a means of communication!! Such a revolutionary idea.

“(who wants to know about my lesson plans for my argument class)”? I do. So will you. And once they are out there, we can link to them.

And Klealos aggregates a couple of videos here. Aggregate is good. Annotate adds value to the link and can spark repurposing.

What I’m seeing this week is a slow but steady increase in more extensive work: more links to stuff, more experimentation, more consideration. I’m also betting there will be a flurry of last-minute posts when students re-realize that a repurposing is required:

Repurposing: Draft an extended argument, drawing on sources suggested or that you locate (and aggregate and annotate in your social bookmarks), in which you take a postion on using weblogs in your area(s) of expertise. Not whether it’s Good or Bad (leave simplistic bifurcation to others) but how blogging has changed / might change your field, and some of the implications. That’s the extended part: not simply outlining positions (that will take maybe three sentences) but drawing out implications. The draft term implies that it’s an early version, a first pass, that you might get feedback on, return to, and develop later.

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