My blog demonstrates a real progression over the semester. One of my first blogs, Don’t blog? Well, you should displays my initial reluctance to blog however this disintegrated after the lecture on blogging given by Seth that made me realise there were different ways of writing ideas other than through essays. Whilst earlier blog entries were based solely on lectures and tutorials my later blog entries began to branch out and incorporate my own interests with Networked Media. I also feel as though the personal tone I drew on at the beginning of the semester now successfully combines a more academic style of writing giving my entries an element of sophistication. Half way through the semester my blog also underwent a layout change and I began to implement tags which demonstrates my awareness that visual texture is just as important as text when blogging. One of my initial blog entries, email@example.com illustrates my engagement with Landow’s assigned reading. Whilst this blog entry successfully shows how I have applied an assigned reading to Networked Media, the blog entries titled Robert Altman’s Spatial Narratives and Shaun Gladwell – New Media Art elicit my ability to apply my own personal interests and observations directly to the material learnt in this subject. In particular, the two blog entries above emphasise my progression towards utilizing more academic writing and also reflect my engagement with spatial montage that formed as the reading for our hypertext essay.
Not just a technology, but also an ideology is a blog entry that I wrote on the notion of ideology and the internet when questioned by Hugh in tute. This concept got me thinking about another subject, Communications Histories and Technologies so I wrote a blog that assisted me in understanding how exactly the two subjects are indeed very similar and how the internet has progressed and been adopted in society. This blog was proceeded by Comms and Networked get along that asserts the similar practice of applying alternative academic theories and communications history to Networked Media.
Hugh Davies continued… forms as a blog entry that exemplifies my grasp of hypertext, including both its strengths and limitations. Moreover, I felt it was the one lecture I comprehended the most out of any of the lectures given. This lecture prompted my decision to begin hyperlinking blog entries more often and can be identified in my final participation blog, FINAL FINAL FINAL PARTICIPATION PARTICIPATION PARTICIPATION BLOG BLOG BLOG, that forms as evidence that I have. I chose to incorporate my final participation blog entry as I feel it neatly summarises all of the goals and how I have or have not achieved them in this course. Additionally, the Adopted-a-blog entry successfully shows how I have progressed given I am now able to analyse a blog in regards to the ideas we have covered in lectures. The blog entry, Spatial Montage in Networked Media is the last blog entry that I have spoken about given it conveys how I have been able to grasp the main aim of Networked Media which is essentially learning different ways of writing in the Network. Aside from the different methods of writing I list in the blog entry, the actual process of writing when blogging has formed as the most interesting way of writing in the network. Ultimately, my blog has formed as a zone where I have been able to develop ideas and share them amongst others. I have been able to find my own voice when blogging that I feel accentuates my online presence and offers more freedom outside of University to express an alternative form of writing to that of an academic style.