blogging conversations

very interesting discussion (very hesitant to use that word given the nature of the post) on <a href="">this public address </a>about conversation in blogging. the participants are discussing why some posts become full fledged conversations and some do not. one reason mentioned in the comments section was time constraints. tpc, however, stated that for him, blogging is not so much about conversation as it is about learning by both reading and writing. this topic is of great interest to me because if my thesis proposal is accepted (cross all of your virtual fingers) i will measure not only how conversations are formed (through language, cognitive blending, etc.) in blogs, but also the distance they can travel before they become incoherent. it is very related to the question that <a href="">lilia</a> asks…, what makes a conversation work in blogs?

March 17, 2004 in electronic discourse | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

blogs and language

I have been thinking a lot about how one's ethnicity is deeply engrained in his or her speech. I wonder how true that holds in on-line communication, when one is away from his or her peer group or other factors that enforce specific varieties of language. I know that (at least in the South of the US) teachers are concerned about the success of standard English teaching. Could blogging help by providing an opportunity for standard English usage outside of peer pressures, or would the student surround him or herself with the same group virtually as they do in real life.

December 18, 2003 in electronic discourse | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack