In becoming active publishers, commentators and discussants, then, bloggers turn into what we can usefully describe as produsers -a hybrid of producer and user. Al bloggers are both potential users (in the narrow sense of information recipient) as well as potential producers of content (…) This conceptualization advances well beyond Alvin Toffler’s famous term “prosumer”, which at worst may describe little more than a well-informed consumer who nonetheless remains engaged only passively once a consumption choice has been made, and may never actively engage in the production and expression of new ideas.
[Axel Bruns & Joanne Jacobs (2006) “Introduction” Uses of blogs, (Eds.) A. Bruns & J. Jacobs, Peter Lang: NY, p. 6]
An environment that creates the illusion that everyone else agrees with you destroys the need to investigate further.
[R. Blood (2003) “Waging Peace: Using our powers for good” BlogTalks: European Conference on Weblogs Ed. Thomas N. Burg, Norderstedt: Books on Demand GmbH, p. 17]
However, when people can choose their news and information from an unlimited variety of sources, they usually will choose sources that confirm their pre-existing biases. According to theFolkorist.com, confirmation bias is a ‘tendency on the part of human beings to seek support or confirmation for their beliefs’.
[R. Blood (2003) “Waging Peace: Using our powers for good” BlogTalks: European Conference on Weblogs Ed. Thomas N. Burg, Norderstedt: Books on Demand GmbH p.15]
As I clicked through from weblog to weblog, I found a wonderful array of articles and opinion pieces-all of which reflected the same set of underlying assumptions. Oh, some of these articles disagreed with each other. But all of them were founded on the same basic worldview (…)
The problem was, nobody was talking to each other. Entering either cluster, a reader would find dozens of links to other weblogs, all of which reflected the same point of view.
[R. Blood (2003) “Waging Peace: Using our powers for good” BlogTalks: European Conference on Weblogs Ed. Thomas N. Burg, Norderstedt: Books on Demand GmbH, p. 16]
By nature, I’m suspicious of hype.
I also hated the exclusionary nature of the community that cropped up around weblogs. It’s perfectly natural, of course, for people with link interests to congregate. But I’ve always tried to remain open to new people and new ideas. It seemed to me, as an outside observer, that the weblog community circled its wagons almost inmediately.
[Powazek, We’ve got blog, 2002:4]
El blogroll termina siendo una forma más o menos velada de decir “esta es la tribu a la que me gustaría pertenecer”
Cultos a personalidades: bloglebrities…Somos gregarius por naturaleza.
Hay un ecosistema bloguero establecido. Definición de ecosistema. Donde se han establecido grupos gregarius alrededor de knowledge brokers, quienes tienen el poder de subir las acciones o no de un blog determinado. Es un hecho, los nuevos son ‘intrusos’ (bien o malvenidos, eso viene después, pero no dejan de ser intrusos por los que puede surgir curiosidad (y quién es éste), indiferencia, recelo, etc. Como un cangrejo o alga roja. Ya en el 99, no podía evitarlo C. Barrett, un knowledge broker establecido al ver el crecimiento exponencial de los blogs: “In some ways, I detest this growth” (We’ve got blog 2002:29).
Since entering the game over a year ago I’ve heard numerous weblog put-downs: that they add nothing to the Web; that they contribute to the poor writing quality the Internet suffers; that webloggers are all so swept up with inter-linky-loving and referer stats that they link about nothing else. These complains are most likely true; the only people that ever try to refute them are those in the firing line, which might suggest bias on their part. Then again the bitching often tends to come from webloggers themselves looking for inter-linky-loving goodness and trying to achieve it the easiest way how.
[N. Talbot (2001), We’ve got blog, 2002: 130]