Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Chapter 1 (First Installment)

I look forward to your peer review!

Introduction

The influence of popular culture is ubiquitous in an age of a fast-paced, global media culture and most individuals heard of the internet phenomenon of blogging, whether or not they have actually visited or read such websites. In this decade, blogs have gained popularity as an alternative source of information to mainstream news reporting. For example, the effect of blogs has been seen in various aspects of American culture, including popular culture and politics; from the latest celebrity scandal to the most recent political controversies, blogs have become powerful sources for reporting and editorializing news. Although the blogging revolution has been described as a self-publishing revolution that makes everyone a media pundit, not all individuals have equal access to this technology and some individuals are more likely to become new media moguls than others. The digital divide prevents some individuals from utilizing internet technology while other social conditions make some voices more audible in the blogosphere than others.

Despite these limits of participation, the blogosphere does present a potential venue for making social change. By allowing individuals to engage hegemonic discourses in debate, the blogosphere creates a space for subversion and change. For social activist movements that challenge dominant paradigms, the blogosphere provides a unique opportunity. Many feminists have recognized the utility of blogging and have engaged in generating cultural critique via the blogosphere.


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