Tobias, Vicki
January 2005
Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources;Winter/Spring2005, Vol. 26 Issue 2/3, p11
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the trend of blogging on the Internet. Any serious political junkie immersed in the 2004 election season was quickly initiated into the world of the weblog, or blog. Although blogs have existed since the late 1990s, persistent media buzz surrounding Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign blog, Blog for America, and his blog-inspired "Internet Revolution" to harness grassroots support among young, tech-savvy voters only intensified interest in this innovation in communication. For any given topic, there are probably several blogs presenting varying viewpoints about it. The term "weblog" is a portmanteau of "web" and "log." In 1999, Peter Merholz split the word into the phrase "we blog" in the sidebar of his website. In March 2003, the "Oxford English Dictionary" sanctioned the terms weblog, weblogging, and weblogger, further strengthening their presence in the English lexicon. Blog technology and its use can be traced to precursor electronic communities such as Usenet, email listservs, and electronic bulletin boards.


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