Jill Rettberg Walker Blogging

Jill Rettberg Walker Blogging

Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition of Blogging provides an accessible study of a now everyday phenomenon and places it in a historical, theoretical and contemporary context. The second edition takes into account the most recent research and developments and provides current analyses of new tools for microblogging and visual blogging. Jill Walker Rettberg discusses the ways blogs are integrated into today’s mainstream social media ecology, where comments and links from Twitter and Facebook may be more important than the network between blogs that was significant five years ago, and questions the shift towards increased commercialization and corporate control of blogs. The new edition also analyses how smart phones with cameras and social media have led a shift towards more visual emphasis in blogs, with photographs and graphics increasingly foregrounded. Authored by a scholar-blogger, this engaging book is packed with examples that show how blogging and related genres are changing media and communication. It gives definitions and explains how blogs work, shows how blogs relate to the historical development of publishing and communication and looks at the ways blogs structure social networks.

The Discourse of Blogs and Wikis

The Discourse of Blogs and Wikis

This is an insightful analysis of the new discourse produced by blogs and wikis. Blogs and Wikis have not been with us for long, but have made a huge impact on society. Wikipedia is the best known exemplar of the wiki, a collaborative site that leads to a single text claimed by no-one; blogs, or web-logs, have exploded into the mainstream through novelisations, film adaptations and have gathered huge followings. Blogs and wikis also serve to provide a coherent basis for a discourse analysis of specific web language. What makes these forms distinctive as genres, and what ramifications does the technology have on the language? Myers looks at how blogs and wikis: allow for easier than ever publication; can claim to challenge institutional hierarchies; provide alternate perspectives on events; exemplify globalization; challenge demarcations between the personal and the public; construct new communities; and, more. Drawing on a wide range of popular blogs and wikis, the book works alongside an author blog that contains regularly updated links, references and a glossary. An essential textbook for upper level undergraduates on linguistics and language studies courses, it elucidates, informs and offers insights into a major new type of discourse. Discourse is one of the most significant concepts of contemporary thinking in the humanities and social sciences as it concerns the ways language mediates and shapes our interactions with each other and with the social, political and cultural formations of our society. "The Continuum Discourse Series" aims to capture the fast-developing interest in discourse to provide students, new and experienced teachers and researchers in applied linguistics, ELT and English language with an essential bookshelf. Each book deals with a core topic in discourse studies to give an in-depth, structured and readable introduction to an aspect of the way language is used in real life.

Blog Rules

Blog Rules

Online journals known as blogs—short for weblogs—are hotter than ever. Blog Rules is a best-practices guide to establishing the blog-related policies and procedures businesses need. From protecting organisations from critical or defamatory remarks from outside bloggers, to managing employees’ blog use and ensuring an accurate representation through corporate blogs, Blog Rules is a much-needed, necessary guide for any organisation.

A Sociocultural Perspective on the Use of Blogs for EFL Learning

A Sociocultural Perspective on the Use of Blogs for EFL Learning

Over the last few decades, the second language acquisition research informed by sociocultural theory has increased noticeably. The advocates of the sociocultural studies propose that incorporating a social perspective of learners and language learning can make a significant contribution to the understanding of the complexity of L2 learning process. Moreover, in recent years, there has been increasing interest in using blogs in the area of L2 learning. To determine the appropriateness of integrating blogs in L2 learning and to further understand the process of L2 learning, this book, therefore, presents and discusses empirical research exploring the effectiveness of integrating blogs in EFL learning, particularly in the aspects of reading and writing, based on Vygotsky's ideas about social interaction, collaboration, mediation and scaffolding. This investigation should help make the complicated process of L2 learning be more transparent, and be useful to the professionals in L2 learning and teaching fields, or anyone else who are interested in looking at L2 learners' language learning via the use of blogs from the sociocultural perspective.

Factors Influencing the Adoption of Online Purchase

Factors Influencing the Adoption of Online Purchase

The aim of this study is to identify the adoption factors towards online purchase through Blogs in the Malaysian consumers’ context. A conceptual model integrating five determinants namely, utilitarian orientation, hedonic orientation, trust, opinion leadership and website features were proposed in this study. The employed instrument was developed based on adaptation from previous studies. The instrument was then subjected to validity and reliability test which then confirm that the instrument was appropriate for this study. A survey was conducted to a total of 269 respondents from all over Malaysia where the findings reveal that all five proposed determinants have strong relationship with attitudes towards online shopping through Blogs; however only three determinants, namely trust, utilitarian and hedonic orientation posed a significant influence in determining attitudes towards Blogs purchase. The findings also indicate that attitudes will lead to intention to purchase through Blogs. The result is beneficial for marketers to understand factors influencing customer’s attitudes and intention to purchase through Blogs.

Automatic Blog Classification

Automatic Blog Classification

Blog classification is the system of classifying blogs based on pre-defined categories. This area is addressed by considering the textual content, or the surrounding features of the blogs. This study focuses on the textual content of the blogs which uses the blog title and posts for classification. These blogs are categorised and maintained as a blog directory that serves the demands of the users searching information online. Such online blog directories use human indexers to categorize blog pages. Manual classifications of blogs are tends to be labour intensive and time consuming. In related fields such as text mining and web mining, various classification methods such as supervised, semi-supervised and unsupervised methods were proposed. These studies have used Bag-of-Words representation of text documents, and indexes using term weighting scheme which does not capture the semantic relatedness. We devised a novel framework for automatic topic based blog classification, denoted as Terms-to-Concepts-to-Category framework.

Party Politics 2

Party Politics 2

This work aims to continue on from a previous set of blogs looking into politics and political affairs. It concentrates on the current major political affairs and looks at all of the main political parties and players. It addresses key policy areas and debates and analyses the decisions made by both governing and opposition parties. This series of blogs does not seek to promote a specific political agenda but instead seeks to promote a fair and balanced account of political debate. Throughout these blogs the work seeks to be both critical and practical, hoping to contribute to the political landscape in the UK.

Bill Oddie Unplucked

Bill Oddie Unplucked

A compelling collection of Bill Oddie's magazine columns, website blogs and general musings written in his witty and inimitable style.

Analyzing Blogs with Reflective Thinking Process in Blended Learning

Analyzing Blogs with Reflective Thinking Process in Blended Learning

This book is a part of a doctoral study of Bulent Dos. The main aim of the doctoral study was "The Evaluation Of Applicability Of Blended Learning Model In An Instructional Technologies And Material Design Course." This book was prepared according to some part of the online session of the blended course. Students were asked to write weekly blogs after blended course. Blog postings were analyzed according to the "Reflective Writing Framework" and content analysis were conducted to explore the sharings of the students. This study showed that blogs can be accepted as an instructional tool, feedback tool or reflection tool in university settings.

Party Politics

Party Politics

In a world where many are alienated with politics and political affairs, this series of blogs aims to provide an insight into the political world. It concentrates on the major political affairs of the last year looking at all three major political parties. It addresses key policy areas and analyses the decisions and views of the parties. This series of blogs does not seek to promote a specific political agenda but instead seeks to provide a fair and balanced account of political debate. Throughout these blogs the work seeks to be critical but also practical, hoping to contribute to the political landscape in the UK.

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