Archiv für den Monat Januar 2005

Gravatar Rating solves a problem…

I saw Gravatar several times already on Chregu’s blog and I also read Urs Post about the Gravatar Rating. But it only now made tilt, why this could be an answer to a problem.

Compare with MPAA Voluntary Movie Rating System, as suggested by Urs.

See also:
Favatars

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Strukturierungsprinzipien in der Online-Kommunikation: Das Beispiel der Weblogs

Strukturierungsprinzipien in der Online-Kommunikation: Das Beispiel der Weblogs

Im Rahmen des Forschungsaufenthalts am „Zentrum für Neue Medien“ (Krems) untersuche ich Strukturierungsprinzipien der Online-Kommunikation. Dabei unterscheide ich in Anlehnung an allgemeine sozialtheoretische Überlegungen zwei Formen von Strukturen: a) Überindividuell geltende Regeln und b) verfestigte Relationen zwischen Akteuren. Die Formation und Dynamik dieser Strukturierungsprinzipien werde ich am Beispiel von Weblogs, einer vergleichsweise neuartigen und bislang wenig untersuchten Form der Online-Publikation untersuchen.

Siehe auch:
BlogInitiativeGermany

BlogInitiativeGermany in short BIG contributes to the further development of weblogs and the blogosphere in Germany and the german speaking countries. The idea of this blog is to discuss the phenomen weblogs/blogosphere from a scientific standpoint. Therefore only academic content should be added to this blog however links, comments, etc. are more than welcome.

La tache: JS et Brian Ulrich

dans le métro… (de JS) fait écho à Kenosha, WI 2003.

PS: Je voudrais bien faire un lien direct à la photo de Brian Ulrich, mais Flash ne le permet malheureusement pas. C’est vraiment dommage. Bon je vais écrire cela à Brian et s’il trouve que ça ne va pas, son image va disparaître.

Update:
Just got a cool e-mail from Brian. I can keep the picture and he also directed me to the picture on his website. And he also told me about his new photographs at http://www.notifbutwhen.com/secrets/. Check it out!

SFDRS Tagesschau: Blogs und SISTM

When a phenomenon gets a „critical mass“, you have always this kind of reactions. You have the big media who make easy amalgams and therefore somehow don’t get it* (see what people told about the early days of cinema, TV, videogames and now weblogs), you have the early adopters who move on… etc.

What is a bit frightening so in Switzerland, is that – after all the articles in the world press (Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine etc.) – this is still the only kind of discourse („discours“) SFDRS has had so far. It’s time they start their own weblogs, I guess.

Update: Thank you Alain for the link to the Tagesschau real file.

* It’s one thing that an artist makes this statement by choosing this angle, by picking what he needs for his art, it’s another thing to speak as a major media.

Update after telephone with SFDRS: Alas they need people stories, so if somebody comes up with a good people story…

… the phone call made me think a bit more about the current mediascape and weblogs: what would be the two words you have heard in connection to weblogs? Probably „tsunami“ and „US election“. Is this a better description of what blogs are than the 1minute 40 at yesterday’s Tagesschau. Definitely not. It is as partial as what we’ve seen yesterday.

But the difference with the two other blog descriptions is, you don’t have to get defensive. And normally as a blogger you don’t feel defensive, you feel – on the contrary – empowered.
Both the tsunami blog and the US election blogs had a strong impact on the mediascape itself and as a blogger – even if you have nothing in common with the tsunami nor the election blogs – you are conscious of this impact.

And what do I mean by impact? Things like: I discover, filter and get the information I am interested in more and more and if it is timecritical always first from blog sources; I am more updated about my friends, family and cool bloggers; other bloggers help me finding answers, solving professional problems and last but not least I never found a better way of storing information (especially the visual part). If this evolution becomes stronger in the coming months/years, I ask what today’s dominant media will do to survive.