When posting comments

January 17, 2008

Something I am running into in trying to describe the various functions of a blog are the particular aspects of the comment field. I as the author of this blog have the ability to put pretty much anything I want as a post, anything from a video, an image, an audio file and each of these can be activated from the front page or the post page on my site. This multimedia aspect of a blog is very important and should be considered one of its defining elements as a writing space, it is not limited in the same way a book is. When I get to the publishing aspects of blogs later on I feel that this part should prove to be very interesting. By that I mean how does one print a multimedia blog? Has it been done?

I don’t know…

But that is off topic for this. I have a question for the blogosphere today and it has to do with comments. I know that one can put text and even hypertext as a comment to a post but can one put images and sound? And if one can’t because I don’t believe it is possible with WordPress is it possible with other blog providers?

I think that the comment aspect of blogging plays a very important role in the community based creation of this type of internet art. For the first time, well maybe not the first time but it is the most influential, readers can become authors of the blogs they read by adding their two cents.

So blogosphere become authors of my work and comment.



Another Addendum to Part 2 of the conclusion

December 18, 2007

o   Lastly one needs to address the “Transaction Cost” on the writer. In the traditional model when one wants to publish a book, that requires a large financial commitment. What is meant by transaction cost is the commitment of the writer to have his work published.

§  An example of such would be to look at the world before the printing press, a writer had to decide whether his work was good enough for him to pay the cost of having it transcribed for sale. Now when looking at today’s blog world we see this cost, this sign of commitment, near zero. However we see the financial aspect near zero, perhaps today the commitment needs to come in a different form, perhaps the transaction cost is evident in the marketing campaign and blogging frequency of the writer. If you think your work is worth the publicity then you should be willing to go to great length to see that realized, but on the other hand a blogging commitment does not necessarily reflect a sacrifice in the same way as a financial commitment would.

·         Perhaps this is one of the reasons we have so many bloggers today, many more than writers.

Addendum to part 2 of the conclusion: The potential may or may not become the actual.

December 18, 2007

This will follow the single bullet that is currently under the section regarding why we are still only talking about potential.

o   A second point to discuss here is the financial aspects of blogs not being financially viable. It is possible that they fail to achieve literary greatness because greatness in our society for art has been closely tied to monetary value. This we would have to redefine greatness in order to allow blogs to compare. The age old question of a tree in the forest appears here with the question of whether something can be art if no one sees it.

o   Secondly I want to look at the role of publishers as authority figures, as donors of credibility. Similar to what awards to, publishers, simply by choosing to publish a work of literature, suggest its increased artistic merit over the rest of what is submitted to them. This process right now does not exist online. But it does exist in a new and developing form. Today the equivalent to the publishers would be both the already existing A-list blogs commenting and taking note of a new blog and the simple number of visitors to a blog. Both these aspects function as publishers do, as filters to direct viewers to good and worthy content.

§  But on the other hand these are subverted by the mere category effect which allows similar minded readers to find blogs based on content, but again the ones featured in search results will be the popular ones.