Meeting Seven:

Post every week to the class blog and to your individual blog!


The 13 Most Useless Majors

Will "robot journalists" earn Pulitzers?

Sample "making the invisible visible" videos

The plan for next week



Skepticism about "world-historical development" and model of personal expression

Attack on Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit - David and Goliath imagery

Pew Internet and American Life Report on "Bloggers" - 12 million bloggers / 34% consider it journalism

Acknowledges value of citizen journalism in a sudden disaster

Cynical about "hyperlocal" coverage

Like "church or community newsletter"

Question of where "reporting" is

Internet's "cheerleaders" and emphasis on "self-confidence"



The Sarah Palin analogy

How is blogging imagined as feminized?



The Rathergate Scandal




Cyberutopianism and "blog triumphalism" (272)

Technological discourses as a site of "displaced social anxieties" (273)

Emphasis on history of blogging culture

Rathergate/Memogate as the exception rather than the rule - what stories don't get picked up by mainstream media (276)

Theoretical framework of the "mediated public sphere" (286)

Case studies of "blogflops"