Mapping the Blogosphere: Function and Power in Weblogging
Colin Lankshear, Michele Knobel.
This paper briefly describes weblogs, develops a preliminary typology of blogs, and explores a thesis about power distribution in the blogosphere. The paper argues that issues concerning the powerfulness and effectiveness of blogs are complex. While we should primarily think about the ‘powerfulness’ and ‘effectiveness’ of weblogs in terms of their creators’ diverse purposes, it is clear that some purposes, effectively realized, and an absolutely tiny cohort of bloggers wield a wildly disproportionate amount of material power and influence within the blogging community at large.
Colin Lankshear (Australia)
Professorial Research Fellow
University of Ballarat
Colin Lankshear is currently a part time Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Ballarat. He is also an educational researcher and writer based in Mexico, where he has lived since 1999. Formerly a Professor of Education and Research Director, his current academic interests lie mostly in exploring emerging literacies and cultural practices associated with new information and communications technologies, and research methods in qualitative inquiry.
His recent books include:
- Ways of Knowing, Maneras de Ver, and New Literacies (all with Michele Knobel),
- Teachers and Technoliteracy (with Ilana Snyder),
- Cyber Spaces/Social Spaces: Culture Clash in Computerized Classrooms (with Ivor Goodson, Michele Knobel and Marshall Mangan),
and the forthcoming
- Handbook of Teacher Research (with Michele Knobel).
Michele Knobel (United States)
Montclair State University
Michele Knobel is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University, New Jersey. Michele’s permanent home is in Mexico, where she works on a range of writing projects. Her research interests include school students' in-school and out-of-school literacy practices, new literacies and digital technologies.
Her recent books include:
- Everyday Literacies; New Literacies: Changing Knowledge and Classroom Learning (with Colin Lankshear),
- El Estudio Crítico-Social del Lenguaje (with Colin Lankshear),
- Boys, Literacy and Schooling (with Leonie Rowan and Chris Bigum),
and the forthcoming
- Handbook of Teacher Research (with Colin Lankshear).
(Plenary Session Speaker, English)