"Writing Culture" Bolter, Chapter 10
  • We write the culture that we live in
  • Now, rather than turning to print technology to define our cultural relationships (metaphorically and operationally), we now are turning to electronic technologies of writing to define our cultural relationships
  • "We exploit the World Wide Web, e-mail, and chat rooms to facilitate a culture of temporary allegiances and changing cultural positions--to fashion our "network culture."
  • It seems that Americans are forming more groups than ever, we can easily break off relations and make new relations than ever before
  • Digital communication is more and more the kinds of tools we use to maintain our relationships with others
  • We use e-mail, chat rooms, and the internet in general to do so
  • One consequence of the networking of culture is the abandonment of the ideal high culture such as literature, music and fine arts as a unifying force. Electronic writing opposed standardization and unification as well as hierarchy.
  • In the US, the distinction between high culture and pop culture has disappeared. Now, we simply have different sub-networks that appeal to different readers.

  • Group Blogging enables many different people to contribute to a blog, thus changing the traditional individual effort of writing into one of a community.
  • "The main benefit of group writing of blogs in that it can increase the sum total of expertise brought to the blogwriting." -Levinson, The New New Media, 28.
  • Not only has blogging changed and individual's writing culture, but it has also given birth to a new kind of writing, group or community blogging, which further rapidly connects people through communication.