Archive for the ‘Blogs.’ Category

May 1, 2010

The new rage so it seems, live blogging has truely taken off. But what is it?

We all know about Twitter, 140 characters, say what you can fit style micro blog. But a live blog is a more up to date, up to the minute account of an event, whether it be a press conference, a sporting event or even just a television show. It is everywhere, and everyone seems to want to be involved in keeping people bang up to date in what’s gping on.

Shane Hegarty from the Irish Times wrote an article about his experience of Ryan Tubridy’s first Late Late Show via live blog. He says:

‘It sounds a bit pathetic, but there was no better way to watch the first Late Late Show of the season than through Twitter. It was like watching the Late Late with a large crowd of people, but, instead of being drowned out by the din, each had an equal voice. Even as you watched, with the telly flickering and the netbook or phone balancing on your belly, and your eyes doing a Marty Feldman so as to watch both at the same time, it was clear that Twitter added something special. It brought honesty, gut reactions, a lot of intelligence and some great jokes.’

In Hegarty’s opinion, there is room for live blogging, as he seems to think that it enhances an experience, in this case, the first of Tubridy’s Late Late Shows! I would agree with this, as I have followed a few live blogs myself, such as DCUfm and the College Views following of the DCU Students Union elections, and have found them to be very helpful. If the future is with live blogging, then I am in favour of it.



To blog or not to blog.
April 24, 2010

That is the question.

Blogging has become a familiar part of internet life over the last few years, there’s no getting away from it. Every news source has a blogging section, from Sky News to the Irish Times, and it’s all well and good because they are trustworthy news sources.

But what about the average person? I can set up a blog, sure look at what I’m doing right now. Do you trust what I say? Probably not. Am I offended? Of course not. Everything I write could be utter rubbish (which it’s not!) after all. That’s the danger of blogging.

Do you trust bloggers? Even if a blogger is attached to a newspaper or other media organisation, would you believe everything they write?

I read an article in which Jeff Jarvis, a blogger, said ‘I have learned to trust the voice and judgment of my fellow citizens’ when it comes to blogging. Also from the same article, ‘A survey of 10,000 blog readers earlier this year conducted by Blogads found that 61 percent of respondents found blogs to be “more honest” than other media outlets.’

Now, this shocks me. Fair enough, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t feel that the average citizen has the training or the understanding that it is involved with news-breaking. How can 61% of those surveyed find blogs ‘more honest’?! You can literally write anything you want on a blog, so how do these people know that it is all true? Unless a news site is referenced, there’s no way to know!