According to Wired magazine : "When they write the account of the 2004
campaign, it will include at least one word that has never appeared in any
presidential history"; what word is it?
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
As quoted by Wired, Stanford law
professor Lawrence Lessig said:
they write the account of the 2004 campaign, it will include at least one word
that has never appeared in any presidential history: blog . Whether or not it elects the next president,
the blog may be the first innovation from the Internet to make a real
difference in election politics."
above was taken from The Revolution Will Not Be
Blogged by George Packer (Mother Jones, May/June 2004 Issue). He goes
on to say:
"The constellation of
opinion called the blogosphere consists, like
the stars themselves, partly of gases. This is what makes blogs addictive
⦣x20AC;” that is, both pleasurable and destructive: They're so easy to
consume, and so endlessly available. Their second-by-second proliferation means
that far more is written than needs to be said about any one thing.
To change metaphors for a moment (and to deepen the
shame), I gorge myself on these hundreds of pieces of commentary like so much
candy into a bloated ⦣x20AC;” yet nervous, sugar-jangled ⦣x20AC;”
stupor. Those hours of out-of-body drift leave me with few, if any, tangible
thoughts. Blog prose is written in headline form to imitate informal speech,
with short emphatic sentences and frequent use of boldface and italics. The
entries, sometimes updated hourly, are little spasms of assertion, usually too
brief for an argument ever to stand a chance of developing layers of meaning or
ramifying into qualification and complication.
There's a constant sense that someone (almost
always the blogger) is winning and someone else is losing. Everything that
happens in the blogosphere every point, rebuttal, gloat, jeer, or fisk
(dismemberment of a piece of text with close analytical reading) is a knockout
punch. A curious thing about this rarefied world is that bloggers are almost
unfailingly contemptuous toward everyone except one another.
They are also nearly without exception men (this
form of combat seems too naked for more than a very few women). I imagine them
in neat blue shirts, the glow from the screen reflected in their glasses as
they sit up at 3:48 a.m. triumphantly tapping out their third rejoinder to the
WaPo's press commentary on Tim Russert's on-air recap of the Wisconsin
What is the origin of the word
was coined by contracting the word weblog.]
Yes, but what exactly is a blog? I guess by
accretion of example I can sort of infer what it is: it's a kind of
sound-bitey, meme-y thing whose trumpeting of itself carries little substance.
Is that a blog? And is "blog" itself a blog?
[Mootguy: A blog (i.e., web-log)
is a series of postings to a website. There is special software that allows you
to do this quickly and easily. It allows individuals to have a kind of public
diary. As some individuals are more interesting than others, some blogs are
more interesting than others. Check out:]
for an example of an interesting one.
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