Blogging as a Form of Interpersonal Communication
Media convergence has become synonymous with media change and how we adapt, employ and communicate utilizing a variety of sources. With the surge of emergency response systems enacted at universities following the Virginia Tech shooting this spring, our media use has taken on a new burden- with all the technology choices available namely texting, email, website postings and voicemail, which is the right communication source to reach the intended audience? The intent of this crafted panel discussion is to look at blogging, as a form of self expression, a discussion catalyst and an outlet for students to take ownership of their comments, consider the audience to which they are addressing thereby promoting intelligent decisions of language, research and expression. Students began this semester creating their own blogs for a course in Interpersonal Communication. Their first posting was a self blog which asked them to identify themselves through an assortment of sources such as theory, pop culture and personal experience. They were to describe who they are today and who they aspire to be tomorrow. For many, this technology allowed for an easy expression of ideas. This format gave them a chance to be creative, think their ideas through, self disclose only what they felt they should, allow for links to materials that better describe who they are and comment freely on classmate blogs. For others, this layout made them seriously question the ownership factor- who will read this, what will they think and do I want to share who I am to the blogosphere and my peers in this class. Five more assignments and a formal paper will finish off the class in the coming 10 weeks leaving so much more to discover in the world of blogging as a form of interpersonal communication.
Keywords: Blogging, Interpersonal, Communication
Prof. Suzanne Carbonaro
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Communication