Read & Respond – Week 3

January 20, 2011

Now that you’ve had a few weeks to get used to blogging and start reading some more established bloggers, let’s take a step back and look at where it all takes place: The Internet. Sparkly, isn’t it? I’ve attached a few supplemental links (and a video!) below that tell you a bit about where it came from and where it’s going.

Briggs this week calls his chapter “advanced blogging,” which is right in line with where you should be by now. You’ve got a few posts under your belts, but you’re wondering where to go from here. In keeping with this week’s history theme, he’s got a good section on where blogs came from, including a shout-out to Dan Gillmor, who’s a strong evangelist for rethinking media-audience communication (have a look through his Twitter feed for evidence of the man’s passion for this subject). Briggs offers up some good tips for getting started, which will be useful for your mission statement assignment (due Thursday!), as well as providing some useful terminology and audience-building tactics.

You might consider reading this week’s links before Briggs because many of them address the pre-Web 2.0 world (these are fairly in-depth, so SKIM). First, there’s this piece from the Internet Society, “A Brief History of the Internet” – it’s a little tech-y, but note the players involved. Likewise, take a glance at these two timelines: How the Internet came to be, and Hobbes’ Internet Timeline (now up-to-date!), which is an EXHAUSTIVE listing of events – don’t try to read the whole thing, but DO use it as a reference.

Finally, let your reading muscles relax and watch this video on just where the Internet came from:

Is the Internet something invented by an individual? Just where did it come from, and in what forms has it existed? How do its origins inform the things we use it for today?

Remember, your response is due as a comment to this post no later than noon on Monday, Jan. 24.