iCities is a Conference about Blogs, e-Government and Digital Participation.
Here come my notes for session VII.
Round Table: Networked Citizens. Blogs, Where to?
Chairs: Pau Llop
Blogs come from the participative sites that flourished after the Slashdot experience, both technically and conceptually.
Blogs have been an evolution of forums, but only at the usability level, but the general idea has not really changed that much.
And like forums, they are of short reach. Only 6% of the population read political blogs… but we keep telling politicians that they have to be on the Net and have their own blog. Does this make any sense at all? When everyone has a blog (if that ever happens), will we at last make of them an influential tool?
Some questions about the state of blogging
- Whose are my data?
- Who’s the master?
- What’s true?
- Near? Far?
- How do I see it? Where from?
- Who are you? Who am I?
- Normalization of the blog phenomenon
- Tools will be improved: they are not that easy to use…
A challenge: threats to sites/blogs related with intellectual property rights, privacy, etc.
There is an increasing trend in Internet users reducing their amount of time watching TV. Besides other browsing, they can now reach TV content on the Internet, especially videos.
Investment in Internet grows at a 50% rate, while in general broadcasting media grows below the inflation rate (which means that actually decreases). As an example, investment in blogs duplicated last year, investment in videos was multiplied by four, etc.
Blogs are the only way to avoid the (total) commercialization/commoditization of the Internet.
Personal blogs (i.e. blogs about personal stuff) are majority. Politicized, reflection, journalist-like blogs are minority. Influence of the latter?
They might not be influent individually, but in aggregate terms, they at least generate some buzz and can raise awareness and generate some reactions… not on the citizenry at large, but on firms and lobbies that see their brands or interests menaced.
The upsetting answer to this has been legal threats that sometimes end well and sometimes don’t.