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This is an old revision of WikiAndBlog made by MorganAdmin on 2007-01-18 09:55:37.


: Blogs and wikis, because they are different spaces, manifest/take advantage of/engage different epistemic and rhetorical possibilities and serve different rhetorical and epistemic ends. They engage different rhetorics: one topical, carved from the inside out; the other chronological, staying on top of things.


* personal, less collaborative. a posting is owned by poster
* text is considered to be static: once posted, the posting doesn't change (not true, of course, but expected)
* tends towards long scrolls (Bernstein)
* ThreadMode of self, that is
* monological: typically monologue with audience commentary
* paratactic
* temporal: last in first out
* captures change in thinking/self/ideas
* speech: spontaneous, non-revisable and as permanent as memory
* generally light on cross linking: dominantly sequential but
* research blogs and others can create extensive hypertextual webs but
* creating internal links is painful and secondary to the text
* links used to connect outside the blog
* knowledge accumulates at the top
* knowledge is static but contextual: situated
* dominantly chronological - but essays are possible
* immediate: written in the moment, written of the moment


* can be personal but open to collaboration. a node/topic is considered public space
* aim is creation of documents (individual pages as well as the entire wikiweb)
* tends towards expressing ideas as relationships between pages (Bernstein), creating a NetworkOfTopics
* hypotactic
* hypertextual WhatIsAHypertext
* ThreadMode (dialogical) becomes DocumentMode (monological) becomes ...
* paradigmatic: topical: topoi WikiSupportsTopicalWriting
* a-termporal: nodes change not by time but by way of development
* text: considered, revised, and as permanent as print
* captures (and then erases) the processes of writing
* doesn't capture changes in thought/ideas, but creates artifacts of those changes
* encourages cross linking: dominantly structural, a-temporal
* hypertext linking central to text creation
* knowledge becomes webbed: situated, contextualized but
* knowledge is ephemeral: it changes, can be changed
* mediated: written in the topic, of the topic

'What happens when we try to fuse the two forms?' See WhenBlogMeetsWiki
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