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Bibliography by Vanessa Silvas

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Bibliography by Vanessa Silvas


By Vanessa SilvasTimeline Project 

1. Chaucer, Geoffrey.  The Canterbury Tales.  Trans.  Vincent F. Hopper.  New York: Baron's, 1948.    


Chaucer's Canterbury Tales tells the story of pilgrims who create a contest of telling the best tale to entertain themselves on their pilgrimage to Canterbury.  Chaucer's telling of the pilgrims' tales allows for a modern blog adaptation.  For example, many blog sites include bio pages, which describe the person who is blogging.  Chaucer's Canterbury Tales includes a general prologue which describes each pilgrim quite descriptively.  Chaucer also includes a prologue to most tales, which also helps to establish the character's personality.  From the prologues Chaucer includes, bio pages can be included in character blogs for our project.  Hopper's Modern English translation of the Canterbury Tales, makes it easier to modernize the tales, as it is easier to understand specifically what each character means to convey.  When adapting the tales into a blog, common blogging slang might be used to further authenticate the blog.  Focusing on the Pardoner's Tale to create a blog, Harry Bailey's reaction to the tale creates commentary that can be interpreted into a blog as a comment on the Pardoner's blog.  The tales as a whole describe who each person is, just as blogs attempt to reveal who the author is.      

2. Dowse, Carl.  "Teaching: Blogging: Why Do People Blog?"  BlogSpot.  24 August 2007.  13 Feb. 2008.   



Through a slide show presentation online, Dowse describes the different types of blogs.  One of the blogs Dowse discusses that closely relates to personal blogging includes "Meme blogging."  Meme blogging is described as "starting a thread of discussion by sharing your response to a query and then challenging other users to answer it on their own blogs."  According to this definition users are allowed to interact with each other's blog through commenting.  Dowse also describes "Life blogging," which describes the personal events in one's life.  "Link blogging," which Dowse describes is yet another way for users to interact with each other's blog.  Link blogging creates a site which list either similar blogs or similar themes in blogs, which therefore allow users to read/comment on different blog pages.  Video blogging is a new blogging style which Dowse describes as "original" while allowing other users to still be able to comment.  Examples of video blogs can be found on youtube.com.  Video blogs are similar to text blogs except users can visualize as well as hear the tone of the speaker.  Dowse finally discusses live blogging.  Similar to sending a text message as a means of writing a blog, live blogging allows users to post up-to-date content online.  With features like text message blogs, users do not even need to be by a computer to submit their blog entries.      




3. Leibowitz, Wanda.  "Blog Lingo Definitions: Putting Blog Slang Terms into Plain English."  Associated Content.  13 Feb. 2008. 





Leibowitz describes the unique slang language that the world of blogs have created.  Similar to Internet chat sites, blogs also use several abbreviated phrases.  The most common abbreviated phrase Leibowitz describes is "Afai," which is abbreviated for "as far as I..."  Leibowitz discusses that it is impossible to learn all of the variations of "Afai" such as "Afaic" (as far as I'm concerned) or "Afaics" (as far as I can see).  She describes that the abbreviation of these phrases serves only to "modify the tone, and not the actual information content, of the posting."  Other terms associated with blogs include "Blogosphere," which describes the world of blogging, including blog sites such as Live Journal.  A "Flame War," a phrase used by bloggers, describes the action of starting a comment war by criticizing other blogs based on the content or even what the blog page physically looks like.  A flame war in summary is an online argument between blog users.  The phrase "Mod Me Down" is used when a blog user knows upfront that they will most likely be criticized for the blog entry they have written.  There are also "trolls" of the blogosphere who merely comment negatively on other users blogs continually.           

4. Live Journal.  Quick Tour: What is Live Journal?  2008.  13 Feb. 2008.   <http://www.livejournal.com/tour/index.bml>.     


Live Journal is an online blogging/journal site.  According to creators of Live Journal, the site, "lets you express yourself, share your life and connect with friends online."  Users can blog their latest thoughts, photos, etc.  Live Journal also includes a link to the user's profile page.  The profile page includes a brief bio of the user as well as their interests, friends, contact information, etc.  Live Journal is offered for use in several languages, which allows it for global use.  Therefore, blogs can be commented on by users from different areas of the world.  Users can then also create friendships with people around the world.  Although there is the option of using your real name on Live Journal several users create a user name, giving the users a title rather than an actual name.  Similarly characters in the Canterbury Tales are given titles such as the "Nun's Priest" or the "Prioress."  Live Journal also allows users to use their site even if they are not near a computer.  Users can receive recent updates through text messaging notifications of updates to their friends' blogs.  Although Live Journal offers a paid subscription, user's also have the option of a free basic subscription which still allows the user to write blogs and create a profile page.  Live Journal can also be set as a link to web sites such as Facebook. 


5. Swartz, Luke, Michelle Gumbrecht, Bonnie A. Nardi, Diane J. Schiano.  "I'm Blogging This: A Closer Look at Why People Blog."  Donald Bren   

          School of Information Computer Science at UCI.  13 Feb. 2008.   <http://www.ics.uci.edu/~jpd/classes/ics234cw04/nardi.pdf>.    


The site gave a brief summary of the history of blogs.  According to the site, blogs began in the late 1990s by Dave Winer who started the first online blog "Scripting News."  The site also described different types of blog users.  Confessional Bloggers tell everything that is on their mind.  This includes the real names of people they are writing about as well as the names of places they are writing about.  There are also bloggers who have "their own personal code of ethics."  These users do not use the real names of people they are writing about and keep personal experiences private.  Although these experiences are kept private users will still discuss road trips, or vacations etc, but may avoid telling which of their friends did something embarrassing on their trip.  In the article Students at the Donald Bren School of Information Computer Science at UC Irvine also studied the question of why people blog.  The students gave brief reasoning's for why people blog.  These reasoning's included that the Internet allows users to view and post "up-to-the-minute posts."  The author is also in complete control of the context of their blogs, without having to deal with the restrictions of editors.  The students then decided upon the top five reasons of why people blog.  These include, 1) to document the author's life, 2) to provide commentary and opinions, 3) to express deeply felt emotions, 4) to work out ideas through writing, and 5) to form and maintain communities or forums.        


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