I’m still reading Margaret Morse and thinking about the blogging and the everyday paper. In her discussion of nonplaces, Morse discusses television, specifically Raymond Williams’ understanding of television as “flow” (although she articulates her understanding of “flow” against his) as “the pure juxtaposition of unrelated segments” (229). As Morse explains flow, it seems like there is a similar process going on within blogs (or blogspace). There are two major similarities that I can recognize:
- The relationship of unrelated elements within blogs: Even though I have been using this blog primarily for research, I also write movie reviews, discuss my teaching, and dabble in politics, but I’m guessing that most blog readers don’t read my blog from beginning to end.
- The relationship of unrelated elements between blogs: Like a television remote control, blogrolls, almost invariably navigated by clicking (a mouse instead of a remote), allow a viewer to bring together disparate elements.
I’m not sure how this connects to my notion of the everyday, but I think there is a relationship between blogging and television that can be triangulated through how the two mediums construct time. I’m also trying to wrap my head around the connection to “nonplaces” and the suggestion that television offers a “derealized” space, in part because it depends on a notion of “real” space that I find difficult to define.
I’m still thinking about the “media and democracy” points, too, especially in light of the ways in which blogging has functioned as an “alternative” media during the war and the recent allegations regarding the “outed” CIA agent.
More on that later, but now I’m going to take a break and watch my beloved Braves beat the Cubs.