[LINK] AIIA raises concerns on Tanner and Conroy blog
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Thu Dec 11 00:29:51 EST 2008
At 11:59 PM 10/12/2008, Ivan Trundle wrote:
> Can't say that my views are any different - but
>for some, blogs are A New Experience, so they won't die anytime soon,
>even if the readers have long lost interest.
They may not be new, but that doesn't mean they are worthless. They
sure are proliferating! It's a twist on the old electronic forum
concept for communities of interest. And because some are within
larger platforms, like blogger etc., they are easily discovered and
participation is somewhat standardised.
The Au.govt new blog is homegrown, so it doesn't really have the
different capabilities that the standard platforms have. There is no
connection to anything else. It's a crap shoot as to whether anyone
finds out about it. There is no preview to see how your input is
going to appear. There is no ability to withdraw a comment that
you've posted. And there is extreme editorial control through the
moderation that is sporadic at best.
Personal opinion: blogs are just another tool in the panoply of
communication structures. They suit some situations and not others.
It will be a while before the new govt blog gets its feet and the
people sponsoring it find out if it provides a usable place for
exposed public comment. AIIA may not like it, but so what?
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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