May 21, 2003

Blog Dynamics

Elwyn Jenkins at Microdoc News: Dynamics of a Blogosphere Story. This is a detailed look into the machinery of how stories unfold in BlogLand, the four types of posts, and the different waves the story goes through, with some people writing opinions and other people reacting and others summarizing, and others reacting to the summaries of the opinions. There’s a certain underlying absurdity to it all that gives it a hint of satire even though it’s an honest evaluation of what’s going on. Just read this passage:

Blogosphere stories most often start with an opinion type blog, usually reacting to something in mainstream media. Then, almost within hours several voters point to those original opinions giving either a negative or positive vote. Other opinion writers then add more to the story with reaction posts giving more than just a vote. Reaction posts react to an opinion posts, or to the voters. After sometime, a blogger will summarize what the story is about and draw together some of the opinions, reactions and note the voters. Voters then react to the summary and create another round of voting, reaction and opinion. A story usually ends with an online personality providing a summary of the story, reasonably even-handedly.

That’s so convoluted that you’d think Rube Goldberg had a hand in inventing blogging. And there’s a diagram in the article showing all the interactions that looks like someone put a flowchart in a blender. I have to chuckle because it’s all so funny, and then I realize I have to chuckle at myself because just this morning I was thinking of putting together some kind of summary of the whole Googlewash/Printwash story that Doc’s been talking about this week. So, yes, I’m equally guilty of absurdity. Just pin a giant yellow diamond to my chest and get it over with.

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