“Weblogs are serial and cumulative, and readers tend to read small amounts at a time, returning hours, days, or weeks later to read entries written since their last visit. This serial or episodic structure is similar to that found in epistolary novels or diaries, but unlike these a weblog is open-ended, finishing only when the writer tires of writing (see narrative structure). ”
Archive for December, 2003
According to the tragedy of the commons, we can NOT be trusted to do even those things that are obviously in our collective best interests, such as taxation. The utopian balance of public and private interests in this situation is inherently unstable. This dilemma “expresses the inescapable conundrum of individuals who have their own interests at heart and who can control only their own decisions, but who have to live with the consequences of everyone else’s decisions as well.” (“Six Degrees” by Duncan J. Watts, 2003, p 204 – 219)
But not every dilemma has to end in tears. So Duncan’s question is “what are the origins and preconditions of cooperation?”
A blogger named Jake recorded the webcast of the weekly blogger meeting at Berkman on December 4. At the dinner meeting with Dave Winer last month, you asked him about these meetings and half joked to him that organizing these meetings is like “spreading a religion.” Dave nodded. He linked to Mu Zimei. And you are listening to his “preaching” now.
“”Chinameme ” was the name you originally thought of for the CDN weblog, but soon realized it is too much a copy of Lawmeme. In the class Keasha suggested another name “China Digital Fire,” she also tried to catch the character that digital information can spread rapidly as wildfire in cyberspace. This Regional Briefings on China from Winds of Change is yet another illustration of how information travels and is filtered and reorganized among bloggers. The weblog trackback function enables and facilitates this process. But there is certainly more to it than just information dissemination. Comments, analysis, additional information and expert knowledge are often being added during this process. If new insights, information, and understanding emerge from this process, can we call it “weblog journalism?”