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May 23, 2005

BlogTalk Down Under - Notes

These are just some basic notes I jotted down the next day, but I hope they give you a flavour of this really interesting event - and this was only one day! I've no idea what happened on the Saturday as I couldn't attend.

Blogging and authority; exclusion, linking, association, conferred authority. Scale-free networks and the power law (popular blogs get more popular). Blogs as journalism (or learned debate) vs blogs as social communication (LJ). Gender issues (LJ 70% F??)

Implicit authority-association (linking/citing) vs explicit ("friending", listing, tagging)

Trees vs Lattices (Christopher Alexander again): planned vs unplanned spaces; Incorporating the possibility of subversion into the system; how to related blogging and aggregation to formal power structures.

Planned structures are trees; no cross-association (hierarchy); unplanned emergent structures are lattices; associations occur where there is benefit

Mobile blogging; Nokia Lifeblog; Adrian the cabbie blogger; GunFu in Iraq; moblogs adding dimension of locale as well as time; representing an instant in a time and place; possibilities for geocoding and generating combined snapshots from multiple POV of a single time and place (e.g. all moblog entries for Big Day Out).

Legal issues; privacy; defamation; everyone is a publisher, but no-one has shield of journalism

Democratization of ideas, personal publishing, citizen science, the Age of the Amateur

Blogging for politicians; connecting with the constituency; transparency and accountability.

Blogging and the spreading of memes. Linking as semantic transformation. Commentary and linking adds variation as well as replication of knowledge, enabling evolution of populations of ideas.

Blogging in education; barriers; opportunities; an uncomfortable relationship to the structure of authority. Blogs as extensions of identity, not the course context or the module context or other imposed structure; blogs as a means of establishing a professional identity

Blogging is personal but also social; it challenges hierarchy, yet itself reflects a power-law, scale-free model of conferred authority

We're still at the beginning; the possiblities are amazing.

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