The psychology of blogging: You, me, and everyone in between

Laura J. Gurak, Smiljana Antonijevic

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Abstract

The phenomenon and practice of blogging offers a rich environment from which to look at the psychology of the Internet. By using blogging as a lens, researchers can see that many predictions and findings of early Internet research on social and psychological features of computer-mediated communication have held true, whereas others are not as true, and that the psychology of the Internet is very much a sense of the one and the many, the individual and the collective, the personal and the political. Blogs illustrate the fusion of key elements of human desire-to express one's identity, create community, structure one's past and present experiences-with the main technological features of 21st century digital communication. Blogs can serve as a lens to observe the way in which people currently use digital technologies and, in return, transform some of the traditional cultural norms-such as those between the public and the private.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-68
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Identity
  • Private
  • Psychology
  • Public
  • Weblogs

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