The core readings for this seminar are:
 Tama Leaver,”The Blogging of Everyday Life”, Reconstruction, 6.4, 2006.
 Adrian Miles,”Blog and Documentary (all middle)”, vlog 4.0, November 16th, 2006.
Derek Barry,” Australian Blogging Conference – The Politics of Blogging” , September 29th 2007.
As we know, blog has become the fourth most influential network communicate technology after the Email,BBS and IM. However, the BBS is excessively public; on the contrary, the Email and the IM are too much personal . “With the shift to digital media and related communication technologies, the amateur voices of millions of grassroots online cultural producers are cohering to form a realm of participatory culture which is often exemplified in the form of the weblog or simply blog.” Blog is a website which always origins as personal space, with regular entries of commentary. By and large, it can be seen as personal online dairy which includes individual’s day to day existence. Obviously blogs start out as primarily textual but now it is trivial to include images, audio and video within a blog. In addtion, the blog has aroused the controversial issue among people. With the more types of the blogs appearing, especially, in light of the blog in educational area, it has mutated into a far more academic form, whichi is formed as platform to share and exchange thoughts. For example, the edublogs website can meaningfully extend the educational experience, giving us a space to engage, write and communicate beyond the tutorial room.
Quotation from “The Blogging fo Everyday Life” Tama Leaver Reconstruction 6.4,2006
When you enjoy the readings, please keep these simple questions in mind:
 How is the blog influent and recreate people’s life (especially for the young people)?
 Performative documentaries stress subjective experience and emotional response to the world. So what are the most distinctive differences between blogs and documentaries as you think?
 What are the character of the Australia’s blogosphere and how do politics apply to it?