Blogging, 2nd Edition
Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition of <i>Blogging</i> provides an accessible study of a now everyday phenomenon and places it in a historical, theoretical and contemporary context. The second edition takes into account the most recent research and developments and provides current analyses of new tools for microblogging and visual blogging.

Jill Walker Rettberg discusses the ways blogs are integrated into today’s mainstream social media ecology, where comments and links from Twitter and Facebook may be more important than the network between blogs that was significant five years ago, and questions the shift towards increased commercialization and corporate control of blogs. The new edition also analyses how smart phones with cameras and social media have led a shift towards more visual emphasis in blogs, with photographs and graphics increasingly foregrounded.

Authored by a scholar-blogger, this engaging book is packed with examples that show how blogging and related genres are changing media and communication. It gives definitions and explains how blogs work, shows how blogs relate to the historical development of publishing and communication and looks at the ways blogs structure social networks.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

1 What is a Blog? 5

A brief history of weblogs 6

How blogs have adapted to a social media ecosystem 14

Three blogs 17

Defining blogs 30

2 From Bards to Blogs 36

Orality and literacy 37

The introduction of print 41

Print, blogging and reading 44

Printed precedents of blogs 45

The Late Age of Print 47

A modern public sphere? 50

Hypertext and computer lib 53

Technological determinism or cultural shaping of technology? 57

3 Blogs, Communities and Networks 62

Social network theory 66

Distributed conversations 69

Technology for distributed communities 72

Facebook and Twitter as microblogs 76

Publicly articulated relationships 82

Colliding networks 83

Emerging social networks 86

4 Citizen Journalists? 90

Bloggers’ perception of themselves 93

When it matters whether a blogger is a journalist 94

Objectivity, authority and credibility 97

First-hand reports: blogging from a war zone 101

First-hand reports: chance witnesses 104

Bloggers as independent journalists and opinionists 107

Gatewatching 108

Symbiosis 112

5 Blogs as Narratives 115

Goal-oriented narratives 116

Ongoing and episodic narration 118

Blogs as self-exploration 127

Fictions or hoaxes? Kaycee Nicole and lonelygirl15 129

6 Blogging Brands 135

The human voice 136

Advertisements and sponsored posts on blogs 139

Micropatronage 145

Sponsored posts and pay-to-post 147

Exploitation and alienation? 152

Corporate blogs 155

Engaging bloggers 161

Corporate blogging gone wrong 164

7 The Future of Blogging 169

Implicit participation and the perils of personalized media 170

References 176

Blogs Mentioned 186

Index 189

About the Author
Jill Walker Rettberg is professor of digital culture at University of Bergen.
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"A landmark in social cyberspace studies – and much more than that. It’s about the way today’s popular culture is actually part of large-scale change in the way culture is produced. Jill Walker Rettberg has written a deep and broad book about the real meaning of blogging as evidence for and a driver of an epochal cultural shift. She deftly uses her own experience as a renowned blogger, examined through the expert eye of an experienced communication researcher, to reveal the psychological, social, political and historical meaning of the blogging phenomenon. She brings media studies, ethnology, literary studies, marketing, journalism and sociology together into a brilliant explanatory framework."
Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs

"Blogging has become an essential backbone of social media. Jill Walker Rettberg’s book brilliantly documents, analyses and situates blogging, constructing an indispensable account of blogging’s history and future in light of social network sites, mobile practices and other media-sharing platforms. This is a key piece of scholarship for anyone trying to understand the intersection of technology and society."
danah boyd, Microsoft Research New England, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

"A solid, unbiased, and unfettered introduction to the social aspects of blogging. Recommended."
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