*context weblog <http://straddle3.net/context/>
publish fourth issue of context series. The weblogs are presented
here as a next step in an emergent and self-organised flow of information,
characteristic of our post-web world.
On September 11, weblogs goes mainstream and becomes part of the
media evolution [>see *ground
zero 911 keys] . This fact is acknowledged today even by major
media. The following quotation is an example. "Since the terrorist
attacks and U.S. retaliation in Afghanistan, blogs nationwide have
taken on unprecedented visibility and, in some cases, new identities
as a source of alternative news or 'personal journalism.' During
the recent news events, when traditional media sites crashed or
lacked timely updates, online readers jumped to fast-loading blogs...
A blogger spins news into a context that regular readers come to
trust, with a worldview that is likely to parallel theirs and dig
up web links that would resonate with followers of similar sensibility...
Blog e-mail is posted instantly, an instant community sounding...
before Sept. 11, blogs had begun to emerge as a distinct net subculture."
web logs put a face on a faraway disaster'
by Renee Tawa, Los Angeles Times. October 14, 2001
Apart of this distinctive journalistic feature, the publishing
phenomena of weblogs extends beyond, and are related with collective
programming movement (free/open source) and the new model for scientific
production, publishing and access. The writeable web, announced
by the next semantic web, adquire a concret meaning with weblogs.
In this new flow of information, blogs are actively acting like
neurons with multiplying synapses in the planetary brain.