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Weblog serves as a communication hub

I've been thinking about whether weblogs can be a medium for discourse. Just last night it came to me: Habermas makes a distinction within communicative action, between conversation and discourse. I figured that no single medium can offer a platform for discourse, so weblogs as a sole medium can't be seen as discourse. Rather, weblogs are a very good startingpoint for discourse. The weblog can serve as a filter for getting to know people who are interested in the same things. Through weblogs one can have conversations with 'self' and (preferably) others. These conversations can transcend into discourse when people start using multiple communication tools simultaneously (VoIP, chat, forum, e-mail, wiki, webcam etc.), and ultimately start meeting eachother face-to-face. BlogWalk is a very good example of these f-t-f meetings.

What I'm actually saying is that no medium solely can bring communication to the level of discourse. Combining different media is the strength and the weblog serves as a communication hub (see also my previous post about weblogs as a communication hub).

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Hello Elmine.

Maybe this paper is a useful discussion of the subject for you.

I that text I wrote:

"The common format to discuss online is a forum with topics, replies and threads. But discussion is not ?discourse?. The latter is usually spread over several media (books, articles, TV, magazines), many interest groups, spanned over many years or decades and often is not even expressed verbally."

The point I wanted to make in that section is that "discourse" is characterized by activity of the participants - so they may want to use the computer not only as transport mechanism of language but as an "epistemological aid" that can help to diagnose the current status of a discourse pattern.

Oliver Wrede

Posted by: Oliver Wrede at May 26, 2004 4:11 PM

The link was eliminated from my post, so I repeat it in plain text:

http://weblogs.design.fh-aachen.de/owrede/publikationen/weblogs_and_discourse

Posted by: Oliver Wrede at May 26, 2004 4:11 PM

Oh! I just saw you already linked that document in your resource list.

Posted by: Oliver Wrede at May 26, 2004 4:16 PM
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