The Self-Construction of Public Identity (Blogging, Authorship, and Roland Barthes’s Autobiography, Part IV of IV)

This is a difficult point. To begin with, let’s return, again, to a brief description of how blogs work. So far we’ve covered the prose entries themselves and the metadata structuring the definitions and operations of those entries. There are two additional elements, mostly non-manipulable by a blogs’ readers. Those two elements are the "blog theme" which is also referred to as the visual design, and the author’s "dashboard." A…

February 24, 2010

The Reader’s Role in the Construction of Meaning (Blogging, Authorship, and Roland Barthes’s Authobiography, Part III of IV)

A blog, though built and maintained by a writer, is an unweildy and restless semiotic object. Once configured, named, and populated with a handful of texts, a blog’s complexity begins to facilitate all sorts of emergences. Writers have habits and preoccupations, blind spots and projects. And as a writer takes on the practice of blogging, he becomes a blogger. And as his entries proliferate, Barthes would suggest that the illusion…

February 23, 2010

Fragmentation of Texts (Blogging, Authorship, and Roland Barthes’s Autobiography, Pt. II of IV)

One of the most recognizable attributes of blogs is their reverse chronological organization. More simply put, their content (also known as “entries” or “posts”). Bloggers post entries at any sort of frequency they wish. Some bloggers post several times daily. Others post only a few times a week or even less frequently. And most entries are relatively short, usually a couple hundred words, but not often pushing past a thousand….

February 22, 2010

Blogging, Authorship, and Roland Barthes’s Autobiography (Pt. I of IV)

(I just finished this rough version of a talk I gave on Roland Barthes this week at the Louisville Conference on Literature Since 1900. I want to share it. It’s relevant. About blogging. And I’m sort of a Roland Barthes fanboy lately. I would love to know your reactions. Feel free to share. That said…) Blogs, as a genre, don’t really have an origin. There is no first blog or…

February 21, 2010