The Discourse of Blogs and Wikis by Greg MyersThe Discourse of Blogs and Wikis by Greg Myers

The Discourse of Blogs and Wikis

byGreg Myers

Hardcover | January 11, 2010

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Blogs and Wikis have not been with us for long, but have made a huge impact on society.¿ Wikipedia is the best known exemplar of the wiki, a collaborative site that leads to a single text claimed by no-one; blogs, or web-logs, have exploded into the mainstream through novelisations, film adaptations and have gathered huge followings. Blogs and wikis also serve to provide a coherent basis for a discourse analysis of specific web language.¿
What makes these forms distinctive as genres, and what ramifications does the technology have on the language?¿ Myers looks at how blogs and wikis:
*allow for easier than ever publication
*can claim to challenge institutional hierarchies
*provide alternate perspectives on events
*exemplify globalization
*challenge demarcations between the personal and the public
*construct new communities and more
Drawing on a wide range of popular blogs and wikis, the book works alongside an author blog that contains regularly updated links, references and a glossary.¿ An essential textbook for upper level undergraduates on linguistics and language studies courses, it elucidates, informs and offers insights into a major new type of discourse. This coursebook will include a companion website.
Title:The Discourse of Blogs and WikisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.5 × 6.45 × 0.7 inPublished:January 11, 2010Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1847064132

ISBN - 13:9781847064134

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction: A Linguist in the Blogosphere
2 . Genre: What is a Blog? What is a Wiki?
3. Text: What's in a Link?
4. Spaces: Where is the Blogger?
5. Time: Writing for the Moment
6. Audience: Who Reads this Stuff?¿
7. Opinions: Where Do I Stand?
8. Evidence: How Do We Know?
9. Facts: How Wikipedia Grows
10. Collaboration: Revision and Interaction in Wikipedia
11. Studying Blogs and Wikis: Where Do I Start?
Glossary
References
Links
Index

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... makes a valuable contribution to the burgeoning literature that has been produced over the last few years on social web technologies... particularly useful for both students and teachers of language studies, who are interested in the study of the newly emerging communicative forms that are occurring in the interactions that blogs and wikis are enabling... The format of the book is reader-friendly and its methodological approach clearly explained...