Are You A Blogger?

by Joe Moxley and Terry Beavers

Technology is redefining literacy; consequently, we also need to reevaluate how software tools can be used to facilitate writing, communication, and collaboration. We stand at an exciting time in human history, when our modes of expression are being radically transformed. E-mail, word processors, instant messengers, imaging software, wikis, blogs, these tools are all altering how we teach, and how we research, write, collaborate, publish, and archive information.

Today’s writers are challenging the authority of the printed page with one-inch margins. Popular tools such as AOL Instant Messenger are creating a genre of writing that more closely resembles talk rather than writing. The linear organization of the traditional page is being replaced with a hypertextual structure: one that em-beds images, videos, and various interactive features, such as places where writers can post their ideas and opinions or suggest changes to the writing. As our standards of literacy evolve, we must reimagine our teaching. Below is a brief discussion about a new writing genre: blogs.

About Blogs

The term “blog” is shorthand for “Weblog” or Web Log, typically an on-line, serial journal in which people write about their thoughts and lives. Rebecca Blood, author of The

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