Smiljana Antonijevic on Mon, 5 Jul 2004 08:33:22 +0200 (CEST)

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[nettime-see] Announcing - Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Culture, and Communityof Weblogs

July 1, 2004


Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Culture, and Community of Weblogs
ed. Laura Gurak, Smiljana Antonijevic, Laurie Johnson, Clancy Ratliff, and
Jessica Reyman, University of Minnesota

This online, edited collection explores discursive, visual, social, and
other communicative features of weblogs. Essays analyze and critique
situated cases and examples drawn from weblogs and weblog communities. The
collection takes a multidisciplinary approach, and contributions represent
perspectives from Rhetoric, Communication, Sociology, Cultural Studies,
Linguistics, and Education, among others.

Into the Blogosphere is a first in many ways. Along with its being the
first scholarly collection focused on blog as rhetorical artifact, the
editors also offer an innovative approach to intellectual property and to
publishing. There are a number of peer reviewed journals in digital format.
However, with an edited collection, the desired outcome is usually a
hard-copy book, so the standard process has been to turn to a publisher
with a proposal, then typically wait several years before the book actually
comes out.

The editors produced this peer-reviewed edited collection in the spirit of
blogging but with a focus on scholarly work that has been through the peer
review process (full blind reviews were conducted). The book takes
advantage of the speed of electronic publishing, the web's hypertextual
nature and new ways of reading, and the formatting and open communication
conventions of blog writing, while at the same time providing readers with
essays that are of a serious scholarly quality. The blog, in this case, is
the subject matter and it is also the book itself. It is not an ancillary
web site that accompanies a hard copy book.

Inspired by the collaboration and sharing of ideas common among bloggers,
the editors have also chosen to distribute this online collection under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 2.0 License. It is
hosted on the University of Minnesota library’s server as part of the
University's innovative new blog initiative, UThink: Blogs at the
University of Minnesota Libraries (

Smiljana Antonijevic
Department of Rhetoric
University of Minnesota
1994 Buford Ave. St. Paul MN 55108

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