Is Blogging Dead? Backchannel at Computers and Writing 2011

I’m hoping that the participants in the “Is Blogging Dead?” panel will aggregate the links to their 3-minute position statements, so that I can add them to this record.

In the meanwhile, this Storify archive of the Computers and Writing tweets from session #e13 hints at what it was like to be on the backchannel during this lively session.

(It looks looks like the iPad/iPhone version of this page is glitchy… click the “View in Desktop” link and scrolling is much easier.)

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  5. Thanks for doing this, Dennis. I’ll try to round up all the statements and get them to you–I’m pretty sure you know where mine is.

    One quibble: I’m not sure Twitter was backchannel for this panel, since the audience moved things back and forth between conversation streams. Sidechannel? Hrm

  6. If we use blogging sites like Ning, we can build community. If we ask students to blog about themselves, we are not encouraging conversation. If we want conversation, students need to blog about topics of interest to others in the community and use rhetorical strategies to engage others. The problem is not the tool or platform (blogging), but rather how we use it. If for self-promotion, why should we expect conversation. Instead, use a social constructivist approach. My 2 cents for the day. Agree or disagree.

    • Of course, when Ning suddenly decides to start charging for content,what happens to the content provided by the community? Archiving Twitter requires nontrivial effort. I don’t see Ning offering much of value that we can’t already offer with clever use of RSS and trackbacks. Your experience with Ning may be different.

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