Blog will eat itself

Blog Survey….
So it seems that Blogs are generally written by male Caucasian 21-30 years olds in the U.S. Sooo the phrase ‘blogging is slowly becoming more of a mainstream phenomenon on the Internet’ may not be that relevant.

My experiment is starting to seem a bit like Jane Austin…

‘Her novels are highly prized not only for their light irony, humour, and depiction of contemporary English country life, but also for their underlying serious qualities.’

Replace ‘her’ with white ‘urban male 20 year olds based in the US’ and ‘contemporary english’ with ‘contemporary culture’ and your pretty much there with a good alround definition of Blogging.

I think my experiment has run its course….oh dear…three days. This comes round to an issue about editing the edited. If everyone uses tools like Blogdex and Blogpulse to get links to place in their Blogs and then Blogdex and Blogpulse are tracking the links, then aren’t we in an ol’ fashioned paradox?

Carry Bradshaw moment:
‘If Bloggers Blog the already Blogged then aren’t we just a little (pause) Blogged out?’

I think I will still look at the top links, if only to see trends across the Internet, but maybe not draw too many conclusions. Ho Hum.

Coming tommorow:. mindless ramblings about my own experiences and self-righteous comments about sleb culture….its more fun that way…viva la difference!
Belle de Jew
Belle de Jour
Beau de Jour

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Today:

BlogLinks:
Local Google, very cool new idea from the Oligarchs of Search. Would be very cool if this could be integrated into a mobile and automatically selected where you are.

Spoken interface from Apple. As usual nice idea but a little weird to be in an office where everyone is bantering away to their computer. Also would the computer be hurt when you are ranting at it for doing something you didn’t want it to do. Like it wouldn’t re-boot until you say sorry, buy it a new USB port and promise never to say such horrid things again. I’ll stop now…

Guinness Beer

Bob Zangas’ last entry…‘OK….that’s enough for today. Hang on to your dreams!’ Very strange concept the idea that these arbitrary comments still so fresh can carry such power.

BlogPeople:
Mariah Carey
Margaret Thatcher
Isaac Asimov

Would make a great sci-fi. The Iron Lady attacks the Butterfly.

BlogPhrases:
American idol
favourite TV show
HEE HEE HEE
lord Jesus Christ
says it all really

Top of the Blogs

Today’s Blog mining experiment (or mining the mining) has thrown up some interesting findings, not least from the content but the juxtapositioning of the data and the editing:

BlogLinks:
Man treated after attempting to nail himself to cross:

“When he realized that he was unable to nail his other hand to the board, he called 911,”

The most influential reporters and bloggers on the web.
“This list is generated by counting unique references (links) to articles and posts authored in the last 60 days and mixes bloggers with reporters from traditional media.”
Bit of a strange one as I got this link from a XML feed tracking web trends. Ooh self-referential…what came first?

When Slebs Swear
Channel 4’s self-promotional ad showing Scrubs stars, Tony Robinson, Richard & Judy et al swearing like Dockers.

BlogPeople
Get this for a list of people (this is in order of display!):
Tony Blair
Adolf Hitler
Margaret Thatcher
Allen Iverson
Ashton Kutcher
Virginia Woolf
William Shakespeare
Jackie Chan
Karl Marx

The mind boggles what that lot would talk about…

and finally BlogPhrases:
The White House is understandably upset about SENATOR JOHN KERRY’s assertion that many foreign leaders are eager to see an end to the Bush….
Clintons legacy lives on

Blogs

Blogs defined by many as a fairly personal content form on the Internet. A person’s Web log is almost like an open diary.

Blogdex ‘uses the links made by webloggers as a proxy to the things they are talking about. Webloggers typically conceptualise their writing with hypertext links which act as markers for the subjects they are discussing. These markers are like tags placed on wild animals, allowing Blogdex to track a piece of conversation as it moves from weblog to weblog’.

I think this is rather interesting and have integrated some RSS feeds on this site (right hand nav: BlogPeople / BlogPhrases and BlogLinks). These are taken from BlogPulse (from the Intelliseek Applied Research Center) which automatically tracks trends on weblogs. Apparently because ‘The most popular phrases and names change very slowly over time. The burstiest phrases and names are those whose frequency of occurrence has increased significantly over the past two weeks, often dramatically.

With this in mind I propose an experiment using BlogPeople / BlogPhrases and BlogLinks) as a reference, I will track the trackers, mine the miners, depth charge the depth chargers. And in the true spirit of postmoderism, self-reference the self-referencial. Are there patterns in the way blogging works, or is it just a immeadiate reaction to what’s going on around us, a further extension to mass media? It may turn out that all I am simply doing is further hacking up a snapshot of a much wider picture, or that I see what I want to. But hey, where would we be without ridiculous theories and conjecture. That’s what the web’s best at. And ofcourse it gives me something to blog about

So todays top ten peeps are….

Bob Zangas
Mr . Zapatero
John Howard
Jose Maria Aznar
Tim Blair
John Quiggin
Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Peter Bagge
Minister Leszek Miller
Sgt . Camilo Mejia

Deconstructing Heros

Every story has a protagonist (hero) and an antagonist (villain). The hero is placed in seemingly insurmountable circumstances with the villain being the cause of those circumstances. The plot then thickens. The audience empathizes or sympathizes with the hero. The climax involves the protagonist almost giving into the antagonist, but at the last moment their unfaltering moralistic attitude wins through and the antagonist is defeated.

Baudrillard on the Internet

“Virtuality, being itself virtual, does not really happen. One lives in the very Rousseauistic idea that there is in nature a good use for things that can and must be tried. I don’t think that it is possible to find a politics of virtuality, a code of ethics of virtuality because virtuality virtualizes politics as well: there will be no politics of virtuality, because politics has become virtual; there will be no code of ethics of virtuality, because the code of ethics has become virtual, that is, there are no more references to a value system.”

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