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A Short History of Blogging

Early Weblogs

The first weblog was the first website, http://info.cern.ch/, the site built by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN. Luckily, the content of this site has been archived at the World Wide Web Consortium.

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications' (University of Illinois) What's New page was next, then Netscape's What's New page in 1993-96. Then all hell broke loose. The web exploded, and the weblog idea grew along with it.

If you're keen to learn more, check out Rebecca Blood's fairly lengthy,
but well-researched
history of blogging.

Public Sphere

Consider the emergence of a public sphere via the coffee houses and salons of the 18th century. Perhaps blogs will become the 21st century's digital public sphere. Learn more in Marshall Soule's Jürgen Habermas and the Public Sphere. Ask yourself what the extent of access to blogs is, if there is any degree of autonomy, and if all can participate on an equal footing. Then decide if the blogosphere could be considered the modern-day public sphere.

Perhaps start your own blog on this topic!

Where is blogging heading?

At an October 2003 Association of Internet Researchers Conference in
Toronto, a paper presented by faculty and doctoral students at the
School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University showed
from the results of a study (The Blog Research on Genre) that there was
an empirical counterbalance to the popular hype about blogs. The
authors project that blogs will have a modest long-term social and
intellectual impact. Read the complete findings


Content author: tricia timmermans

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Last updated: 17/04/04 17:01