In this session, there were two presentations. The first of which dealt with seeing blogging as the sort of new rhetoric. Here are my notes:
Blogging enables orality in a written media - allows discourse - allows “read/write web”
The conversation is important.
Authoritativeness of written stuff. Writing takes away memory enables us to forget.
Dynamism of weblogs enables change.
Greek culture - classical rhetoric really valued orality/discussion. The advent of writing as a tool for the common person had severe questions - if people could write things down did that mean that people’s memories would deteriorate?
The second presentation was about technology and worship theology. I don’t have a lot of notes from it, mainly because I think during the whole time I was trying to grasp the big picture - but I think I was trying to grasp the wrong big picture.
During the questions I asked about the PrayerBlog phenomena. I probably didn’t articulate myself well. The answer was something like “prayer request boards have been around for a while”.
To me this is in fact a deep commentary on the popular conception of a prayer as when we ask God for something - as opposed to us just being still and listening to God.
Otherwise I had no comment on this other than that imagining a bunch of people in a chat room typing “and also with you” seems a bit comic.
Here are some notes from the discussion afterwards that reflected a sort of convergence of the general notions that could, IMHO, be extrapolated (with a bit of stretching) from both of these papers - but also went well beyond that too:
There are extremes of interactivity (from extreme to lack):
RealLife - Blogging - WrittenPrint
Blogs: a return to importance of the author (in terms of credisility) versus the text
Certain Greek words of relevance
topos (place - would be Socrates’s name for his blog?)
Continuing redefinition of the term blog.
Individual blogs as a source of information - “not good” - same with anything on the web - same with any written text - same with anything - people must think critically.