Quote: “Blogs, or online Web logs of news and views, were the hot story of 2002, the year when blogging caught the eye of the mainstream press in a big way and pundits began to recognize blogs as useful tools for everything from venting about politics to raving about a favorite band.”
And another piece from the Post: Free Speech-Virtually.
So here’s the question…what effect, if any, will the publicity and legitimizing of the Web log during this Trent Lott debacle have on classroom adoption? As of now, any journalism teachers worth their salt will have at least heard of Web logs, and if they grasp the idea even a little bit they should be exploring ways to get their student journalists blogging. And what about writing teachers in general? Again, the publishing aspect of Web logs should create a buzz among those who are looking for real audiences for real writing and collaboration. No doubt, the Web log in general train has left the station…the Web log in ed train is just getting warmed up. But I really feel like once people start “getting it” for all those other reasons, educators will follow.