My title is a quote from the article and I feel it is relevant because I think it sums up a lot of the different facets of blogging. A broadcast is something that I associate with being in the now and constantly happening whereas a publication is something that can take up to months to develop. Now that we have begun blogging a little more I am seeing of just how little a publication it is and how correctly the term “broadcasting my thoughts” seems to fit. I also began to realize while reading Sullivan’s “Why I Blog” that I am part of a blog (besides this one) and I didn’t realize it. The blog is this terribly wonderful thing called Reddit or “the front page of the internet.” Reddit is interesting in the sense that it is not just one persons blog, but rather the internet’s blog. Anyone can post on the site and anyone can comment on the posts. There are many different categories and topics to post under as well. The posts are fairly relevant to current events and actual discussions have been found on the site. The site posts mainly images of cute cats and hilarious video game references, but what I think makes it so similar to a blog is the ever changing and constant updating of the posts of all different topics.
One of the guiding questions for this post asked about the different types/genres of writing and I would like to pose a new stance on that question, what about the different types of blogging and writing styles? Sullivan’s blog may be geared towards news in a textual sense, but how about a site like reddit that stimulates conversation through images and video links that are entirely based on external sites? This is why it may have taken me a little longer to realize it was a blog, but the same components are all there, they are just adapted to a different audience that is not entirely text based.
Looking at my repurposing essay, my piece deals with the immigration aspect of America even back to 1492 when Columbus sailed that ocean blue. I think it is a little hard to create a visual alternative from the text, but I think some of that same innovation is necessary to really “repurpose” this essay and not just cut and paste some sections in a different order while adding some new words. I spent so much of my time in the original essay proving different points that in the re-purpose essay I want to spend less time proving and more time discussing and probing deeper into the topic to a point where I may spark some debate as to whether I am accurate.
And for no reason in particular but to show off one of the products of Reddit, or perhaps its a representation for the amount of knowledge I am gaining here at Michigan… nah.