So this is my working proposal, and I might adjust it a little bit. My project is based around the idea of authorship and new media, specifically focusing on blog content. What I’m going to do is choose different blog at random each day – there’s a feature on blogspot that let’s you do so – and write a blog post based on their most recent blog post. I’m going to mimic the form and style, and write commentary on the content of the blog. Doing so, I hope look at the different ways that amateur “publishing” is achieved, while considering how we define the “author,” and how what creates legitimacy in writing. Is it be published? Are blogs consider a valid form of publishing? etc
In essence, I’m making a blog about blogs; using the medium I’m analyzing as a tool of analysis itself. I recognize that I’m partially limited by my lack of computer code skills. However, this ties into what draws me to the blog. Limited computer knowledge is necessary beyond the basic computer skills. You don’t need to be a computer programmer or an academic to write a blog – it is accessible to anyone with a computer and the Internet. The Internet is flooded with blogs about everything and anything, written by people ranging from all ages. Through this I hope to gain a better understand of what compels people to write blogs, what they write about, and what makes us read specific blogs as well.
I’m probably going to expand on the form of my project over the next week, but as of now, this is my working idea.