An Overview of Blogging and Internet Trends
The Internet and its myriad venues for communication such as email, Web pages, and Web logs (blogs) are having a profound affect on the way that information is shared today. One could compare the affects of these new technologies on society to those that Johannes Gutenberg's moveable-type printing press had in the 14th century. The Internet, like the printing press, is a historical milestone that has had a profound affect on making information widely available to a mass audience. Increased accessibility to information threatens the established authorities by removing boundaries and thus making widespread communications easier and more widely available to a broader range of people. While the invention of the printing press made books available to the masses, Internet communication further removed societal barriers to those seeking access to information.
One area that is garnering particular attention in the area of Internet communication has to do with blogging and in particular, political blogs. This essay will discuss how communications have evolved via the internet as a whole, the rising popularity of political blogging and the continuing discussion of how much control should be exerted over this medium.
Understanding the Basic Terms and Definitions of Blogging
Blog: A contraction of "Web log." A blog is a continually-updated Web page; the blog's author may aim to present opinion, gossip, news or fact-checking. Blogs typically present entries (postings) in reverse chronological order.
Blogosphere: The "blogosphere" incorporates both the entire collection of blogs and the people who read and write them. One phenomenon of the blogosphere involves the "interlacing" of blogs to other blogs via hyperlinks.
Hyperlinks: aka URL or uniform resource locators refer to computer codes embedded in Web pages that enable a user to link to another local or remote web page by simply clicking a mouse on the text or picture.
Online Freedom of Speech Act: aka HR 1606 was introduced to prohibit new regulations that sought to regulate Internet communication. The law failed to pass the United States House of Representatives in 2006.