October 01, 2007
In response to the question posed on the class web site about how i think that blogging has shaped my experience as a student at the university i would have to say that blogging works both positively and negatively. on the one hand i think that blogging takes the space of the classroom to a new place, literally. I think that not only is the class opened to opinions from outside sources but our class is on display to some extent for people outside the university to participate in. On the other hand i think the vastness of the internet and the information available on the internet makes the class so changeable and so mobile that i find it hard to keep focused. There is a total loss of center when the classroom moves to a place like blogging. I feel connected to the rest of the class but like any tool if not used in the "proper" way i can remain totally detached from the class. When i say proper i dont mean that there is one way to post but i do mean if i dont participate in blogging to its fullest extent meaning i post as well as look at posts. I think if this side of the equation fails to happen blogging can be just another way of personal journaling that can me no different from a conventional kind of journaling. On the other hand though maybe when blogging you always censor yourself (to a certain extent) in a way that you might not if you didnt think that everything you wrote was going to be public information. Maybe that is a key and crucial difference, the idea of censorship and how much we sensor ourselves both consciously and subconsciously due to the fact that what we are posting is not private.
Posted by elihazle at October 1, 2007 05:30 PM