Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Digi-modernism and Web 2.0

We live in the world with New media nowadays.  The internet is not simply a new channel to deliver information but it is expected to be an user experience and that mostly new media world. If the traditional world was all about reading and watching,  the new media is experiencing 'user'; posting, writing, commenting, etc.  Traditional media such as television, radio, film, newspapers and magazines are competing with new media for media user's attention.  Web 2.0 is something we use in everyday life.

 The accepted sense of the term is nevertheless a convenient textual category: it denotes the written and visual productivity and the collaboration of Internet users in a context of reciprocity and interaction, encompassing,  for instance, "wikis, blogs, social-networking, open-source, open-content, file sharing and peer-production." Moving beyond read-only information-source Web sites, the textuality of Web 2.0 sites notably favors (in the jargon) "user participation" and "dynamic content." Moreover, "Web 2.0 also includes a social element where users generate and distribute content, often with freedom to share and re-use."(386)

Such a discourse is predicted on the sense that Web 2.0 is something you use, not a text that somebody else writes or films or you read or watch, but a machinery that you, and only you, control and direct; and not a signifying content concerning something else, like narrative, but a physical at that you yourself do and is consumed in its own duration. (387)  Particularly what is known by 'Web 2.0' is strongly influenced by post modernistic ideas of pluralism and multiculturalism.  Everyone is able to participate in the creation of 'truth' now. All forms new medias are opened for everyone, anyone to participate.

For example, blog shows what new media looks like.  There is no non-updated web-blog  only dead websites are.  They always have new text, creative, visible with its dynamism, funny and clever.  There are also so many themes in blogs.  I also like to visit blogs online, and they have cook blog, fashion blog, traveler blogs, etc.  "Typically, a blog will also include the ability for readers to leave comments- making the whole affair much more interactive than a traditional websites."  (392)

Also in our daily lives, we are likely to see some links on on-line news or Facebook, YouTube etc.  And you get disturbed by those links you want to know more about.  You find more interesting subject in the new article or other links and you rarely go back to the original text.  With only few clicks constantly, brings us the place we don't even know.  In the new media world, there is full of something we cannot even imagine. Something we cannot experience in real world.


  1. As a fashion blogger myself, I can definitely relate to the fact that constant updating is key to a blog's survival. Lack of content discourages users to view the blog. After several instances of checking for new material and not discovering any, it is entirely possible that that viewer will cease to be a viewer of that particular blog.

    However, I think this also applies to many "traditional websites" as well. For example, websites for artists of celebrities must be constantly updated in regards to the celebrity's personal or professional life. There are also areas in "traditional websites" where the freedom to leave comments is enjoyed by viewers.

    I think an interesting question to ask is what constitutes a blog and what constitutes a "traditional website"?

    Do blogs, with enough popularity and legitimization, eventually become "traditional websites"?

    - Barbara Lin

  2. I write for a fashion and entertainment blog directed at a teenage audience and the development of Web 2.0 definitely correlates to how the website works. We have access to many sites that monitor when other social media will be published directly correlating to the blog in order to make sure that our audience constantly has new information. We try so hard with the site to keep the consumer engaged at all times. Web 2.0 and digimodernism has made blogging a business.

    To address what the previous person questioned of what constitutes a traditional website versus a blog, I think it is interesting to note that a website can be both. The site I work for definitely combines aspects of blogging with those of a traditional website, making it difficult to separate the two concepts.

    - Alexandra Zimnoch

  3. As the owner of a pretty slow-moving blog, myself, I have to admit I just can't keep up (as one person) with the need to "feed my followers." Of course, Kirby also points to the changing nature of authorship, and your own experiences testify to this... namely that even what appears to be the work of one person can often be the work of many (as in the case of a celebrity). Then the difference seems to be less between blog and web site than between blog (as diary) and blog (as journalism).