Saturday, May 1, 2010

Paste Magazine - Looks Like A Blog

Paste Magazine was initially known for its print form, but now with the rise of the digital age, they have been forced to down scale their publication to the size of a small handout, whereas initially they were a substantial magazine.

Now a majority of Paste's focus has shifted to the web. While their website is not considered a "blog," it seems to fit the format of most of the blogs I have seen thusfar. This leads me to the question, what makes a blog a blog? Is it the webhost, the author, what are the defining properties that separate our everyday websites from blogs.

Blogger definies a blog a:
"A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world. Your blog is whatever you want it to be...In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis."

Now this definition seems to be vague, yet oddly fitting. But if this is the case, aren't all websites blogs. Is the internet just a platform of bloggers, all of which have different agendas which inform the way we write and what we choose to write about.

In Andy Carvin's article, "What Exactly is a Blog, Anyways," which was written of 2006, gives the history of the blog, which many of us are removed from now considering how the blog has become part of our everyday lives. He discusses how the blog sprung from "web logs" that came out of mediums such as livejournal and and open diary. The difference between blogs and websites seems to be based on the interface. With blogs, the interface is built for you, and is founded on ideas of accessibility and user friendliness - this has shifted over the years, as bloggers have been given increasing control over layout of their blogs.

If this is the case, then no, Paste Magazine is not a "blog," but they do however, have a blogs section on their website, showing a differentiation in content.

So what are the differences in content? Honestly, not much. It seems like Paste Magazine has acknowledge that print media is slowly dying and is trying to capitalize on the blogging trend as soon as possible.

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