Tag Archive: Blog

Participatory Media

Participatory media can be described by technology  that allows users to communicate and interact with other users. Participatory media includes many things like blogs, wikis, music sharing, photo sharing, and video sharing. Our Media Arts and Technology blog is a great example of a participatory media. Through this blog we are able to interact with other people involved with our I-310 class. We can post comments, videos, and link other types of media for everyone to view. With the advancement of technology media is mostly many-to-many participatory media as apposed to one-to-many participatory media, like it was in the past. Now people are able to read and write on pages to show their views and make comments on any given subject. In the past people were only able to read-only on the world wide web.


Remix – Application – Ting – 10/12

I think the simplest form of remixing and it relates to our class is the blog that we use. It ties in nicely with Lessig’s Remix, at the beginning it was only the form of writing and as the internet evolves, the first blog was created called Usenet. But the Usenet was really organized and people started to post cross-group commercial, which we are all very familiar: spam. Later on as the internet evolves blogs was created. Even then it was still not organized enough where random people posting random blogs and people are reading other people’s blog where they don’t even know them. As the blog evolves tagging and ranking, which allows people to find information around the interent from an one central place. With all these features above blogs became more and more popular, from social network website to educational use, like what we are doing. Sharing summary readings to insightful videos on the blog

In this section Lessig focuses on remixed writing. His example of this is the way that writing and reading has evolved to blogging. In the beginning blogging was unorganized and not worth anything. But after the addition of tags it allowed blogs to become much more useful and meaningful. With tags and linking people could easily navigate blogs to find information they are interested in which gave order to the crazy atmosphere of early blogging. Also in the growing remix of text came the availability to add comments to blogs to give feedback to the writer or to start conversation or debate about the piece. After the ability to link and add comments came the blogging ranking system where sites were able to count how many people linked back to a certain blog to create an order of popularity.

Lessig also argues that blogs are a much better source for information than the main stream media in their delivery of both quality and truth. Even though many blogs are ridiculous with their content, Lessig wants to focus on the creativity that it sparks. It is a space where anyone can share their view point with out having to worry about getting publicly criticized or embarrased except by the comments that people can post.