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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