For the purpose of this annotated bibliography assignment, my group and I had chosen EXTRACT 2, which is the “Blogging thoughts: personal publication as an online research tool” by Torill Mortensen and Jill Walker. Before I began to dissect and analyse the extract, I started of with an introduction entry to remind myself what is an annotated bibliography and what is the purpose of having one, as well as a brief introduction of both authors; Mortensen and Walker. After I had done with the readings, I did a thorough analyse of the extract by starting with the beginning sentence of “weblogs are densely interlinked”, which I came up with a conclusion on how we are all connected with each other thanks to the network that Internet has provided. Moving on from the first sentence, I continued analysing the second sentence of “this anchors blogs in the public arena, as part of a communal discourse“, which I believed was probably the most important of all as it interrelated with the other texts in the extract. Next, I realized that before I continue to do a close reading on the extract I should at least justify with myself on what fields this extract should be located, in order for me to make connections between the extract, the field and relevance to this Networked Media course. After I justified my reasons to place the extract in between the fields of media studies and mass communications, I was able to determine the main arguments of my extract, associating it with media and communication. With the extract having the main arguments of thinking and writing process changes when we are using different tools, I was able to draw a relationship between the extract with my course in Networked Media besides the fact that both uses blog as a medium for communication. As I was trying to connect the similarities of the extract with the current media and technology, I found that the extract seems to have quite a few limitations with some good strengths as the extract is actually published back in 2002, about 9 years ago. It is considered quite a good article to still be significant and relevant to weblog since technology advances so rapidly, I had an initial thought that most technology only have a short lifespan before being replaced by new technology. It seems that no matter how much technology has developed, the Internet still uses links to transfer content and information, which actually gave me a new knowledge when I was searching for something else. And finally we come to the last post on why we were doing this annotation – in order to provide us insights and inspiration for our main group assignment, the hypertext essay.
To summarize my entire learning, I have understood the concept of an annotated bibliography and enjoyed the process of writing an academic work in a blog post (which relates to the extract’s argument). However, I found it really difficult to analyse the extract and divide it into 10 different posts as every part of my analysis seems to interrelated and overlap one another, which is why I think that this annotation would probably suit better to be written in an academic essay paper. I really agree upon the “weblogs are densely interlinked” from the extract as we tend to forget that everything we do when we are online with an Internet browser is actually clicking through links to get information. This extract has enlighten me the power of hyperlinks as well as knowing the difference of writing process when we are using different tools.
Here is a full list of my annotation entires titles:
- Annotated Bibliography Ver 1.0 – Introduction & Background
- Annotated Bibliography Ver 2.0 – We Are All Connected
- Annotated Bibliography Ver 3.0 – What is communal discourse?
- Annotated Bibliography Ver 4.0 – Running in the fields (literally)
- Annotated Bibliography Ver 5.0 -Main Argument of the Extract
- Annotated Bibliography Ver 6.0 – Relationship of Extract with Networked Media
- Annotated Bibliography Ver 7.0 – Strengths and Limitations
- Annotated Bibliography Ver 8.0 – Analysis of Links from the Extract
- Annotated Bibliography Ver 9.0 – Hypertext Essay Reference
Academia, 2011, Jill Walker Rettberg, Academia.edu, viewed 2 August 2011, <http://uib.academia.edu/JillWalkerRettberg.html/>.
Apostolos, K, Martha, S & Iraklis, V 2006, ‘BlogRank: Ranking weblogs based on connectivity and similarity features’, AAA-IDEA ’06 Proceedings of the 2nd international workshop on Advanced architectures and algorithms for internet delivery and applications, viewed 10 August 2011, ACM Digital Library.
Mortensen, T 2011, ‘About Me’ blog, March, Thinking With My Fingers, viewed 2 August 2011, <http://www.blogger.com/profile/07428251841060676279.html>.
Mortensen, T and Walker, J 2002, “Blogging Thoughts: Personal Publication as an Online Research Tool” in Researching Ict’s in Context. Ed. Andrew Morrison. Oslo: University of Oslo, p.249-259.
Pigdom. 2011. Internet 2010 in numbers. Pingdom, viewed 12 August 2011,<http://royal.pingdom.com/2011/01/12/internet-2010-in-numbers/>
Walker, J 2011, ‘jill/txt’ blog, October, this season on jill/txt, viewed 2 August 2011, <http://jilltxt.net.html/>.