Information on Blogs
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The Brad Blog: Here's a lively example of a flourishing, politically-oriented blog. more...


April 7, 2005
Smart Bombs: Two high-powered Chicago thinkers (a Nobel Prize winner and a rabble-rousing federal judge, Judge Richard A. Posner and professor Gary S. Becker,) rattle the blogosphere -- one intellectual grenade at a time. more...


December 28, 2004
Blogs Provide Raw Details From Scene of the Disaster: The so-called blogosphere has become best known as a forum for bruising political discussion and media criticism. But the technology proved a ready medium for instant news of the tsunami disaster and for collaboration over ways to help. more...


December 26, 2004
Web Option Becomes a Valid Route to Higher Education: Nearly one million students are pursuing an online degree, about 6 percent of all post-secondary enrollment, according to Eduventures, an education research and consulting firm in Boston. more...


December 19, 2004
Your Blog or Mine?: As Web logs proliferate -- current estimates are that 15,000 are added each day -- the boundaries between public and private are being transformed. Unconstrained by journalistic conventions, bloggers are blurring the lines between public events and ordinary social interactions, changing the way we date, work, teach and live -- and citizens will have to develop new understandings about what parts of our lives are on and off the record. more...


November/December 2004
Foreign Policy Magazine: Web of Influence: Every day, millions of online diarists, or “bloggers,” share their opinions with a global audience. Drawing upon the content of the international media and the World Wide Web, they weave together an elaborate network with agenda-setting power on issues ranging from human rights in China to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. What began as a hobby is evolving into a new medium that is changing the landscape for journalists and policymakers alike. more...


November 23, 2004
How to explode TV news in four easy steps: Do it right, and you've turned news into a conversation. You've turned the spotlight away from the anchor -- the mere personality who got you in trouble -- and you turn it onto the news itself, where it belongs. You've engaged the people you used to call your viewers, who used to just sit there but have since started walking away, into the news. You've made anchors what they should be: supporting players, second bananas. (And you've saved yourself a helluva lot of money along the way.) And you've informed the public. Isn't that what news is about instead of an anchor's fame? more...


July 28, 2004
Stars of Convention: Bloggers: Bloggers rock at the Democratic convention! It used to be that if you wanted to make a name in journalism you had to spend five years covering school board elections in Small Town, USA, before you got a shot at one of the big papers. Online news changed all that in the late 1990s, making it possible for young reporters to work on their game at a dot-com. Now the blog phenomenon is producing a number of successful young writers able to publish their own material -- without the need of a publisher. more...


July 18, 2004
Political Blogs Catching On: Blogs--short for Web logs, which are online journals that usually feature commentaries on daily events and provide links to other Web sites--are emerging as potentially powerful tools for building grass-roots political support. more...


July 12, 2004
It's Officially a Living: Bloggers Find Ad Boom Can Pay Their Rent: A year ago, blogger Glenn Reynolds saw only a trickle of funds donated to his popular Web site, Instapundit.com. These days, since he began accepting advertisements on his site five months ago, Instapundit.com has been bringing in several thousand dollars a month. more...



Information on Distance Learning

January 26, 2004
From Ivory Tower to Academic Sweatshop: After a few dot-com-era bumps, online education is back and bigger than ever. But so is corporate influence and bottom-line pressure. more...