Whiteness and blogging

April 18, 2006

This article synopsis by Kathleen Ethel Welch (Uni. of Iowa) contains some fascinating ideas about how blogging is breaking down traditional spheres – and in this, how it may lead to challenging whiteness and /or journalism as a traditionally racialized white practice.

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Roles of hybrid bloggers

April 18, 2006

Abby and I start formulating interview questions soon.  Here’s a recently-published interview with a blogger / journalist about the roles and how they interact at the online journalism review.  

Do we need some kind of empirical data in categorizing the hybrid blogs we are following – particularly in naming what is a hard news or political blog?  Or do blogs aim to break down these kinds of boundaries?  Are blogs pointing towards a different way of thinking that is breaking down barriers?  For example, blogs certainly break down a notion of  public/private in  way that challenges traditional western journalism and public media.  Are blogs also breaking down hard news / soft news? 

I’ve never been so aware of how gendered the notion of hard news is as when reading hybrid blogs.

I find myself automatically going to categorize a Colby Cosh as hard news and politics, when the case could be as easlily made that it’s a men’s lifestyle blog.

Read a good rant by Euan Semple, BBC employee independent blogger  , regarding the corp’s decision to launch a BBC blog portal as announced by one of its masterminds this April 2006.   T

She’ll be presenting at the Association of Internet Researchers’ annual conference.  Sept. 27 – 30, 2006, in Queensland, Australia.  

We took some time off and now I am back on the horse to gear up for full time work and make up some missed hours.

I am not sure why there is such a divide between CBC.ca [really only CBC 1&2] vs. CBC 3, but it seems that all of the new media and experimental online work is being done on CBC 3.   If I search CBC 1&2 for blog, all I find is outdated links– things like the election blog, an Oscars blog, etc (I have a complete spreadsheet of those findings).    CBC 3 by contrast is different – the very site is structured as a blog and it is going for the multimedia feel with a combination of music, blog, various cultural tidbits.   A combination of new music and intelligensia youngish article links. Obviously the “reaching out to young people” CBC – a shame, it seems, it is so damned hard to find. 

Today: compiled a spreadsheet of all the blogs by CBC journalists and employees I could find through various links from CBC three.   The website Planet CBC  has feeds from “known blogs” by CBC journalists as well as an extensive blogroll.  More than half the sites from the blogroll are defunct or are only Lockout blogs, but a few are still active (will archive content of spreadsheet).  It seems the main man of CBC blogging is Todd Maffin.  There are tons of links available to  relevant sites.

So far have seen about 11 active and oft-referenced CBC employee blogs and another 15 or so that seem pretty inactive and/or never referenced by anyone.  But a couple, although I don’t see references to them are really quite interesting: for example the blog of Ottawa-based journalist Hadeel:  

http://sparkslockout.blogspot.com/