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Do You Want to Express Your Private Thoughts Freely?-About Blog or Weblog

(ex. 1) Monday, August 12, 2002
Went shopping today at Ralphs, and tried to think of things to eat. Morningstar makes buffalo wings, now. Vegetarian Buffalo Wings. I don't know about you, but I'm really awe-struck by the innovation of the modern manufacturer. Anyhow, ate a quart of strawberry banana yogurt. And yes, I'm going to die.

(ex. 2) Tuesday, August 13, 2002
I have no job. I have no money. I guess that's why I bought this. And a dinner for two at Rubys. And a coffee for Pam.

  What was your first impression of these two brief private notes? Maybe, it's very difficult to understand them because they are colloquial expressions. Those two Internet notes are called "Blog," "Weblog," or "Blogging." What is Blog? A personal Web site with brief items - often with links to other items or articles on the Web - arranged in reverse chronological order, newest first.
Blog was made by "Pyra Labs," a small company in San Francisco, California, in August, 1999, The term Blog takes its origin from an essay, "Anatomy of a Weblog," written by Cameron Barrett in 1999.
Blog is a Web page which is made up of short private notes updated regularly with photographs or paintings or music and so on. your own private life such as hobbies, work and romance could be the contents of Blog. Although the contents of Blog are private stories, a lot of netizens are interested in them. According to Newsweek,  over 350,000 people use Blog all over the world. It is expected that the number will be sharply increased every year. Also, Korean netizens are starting to be interested in Blog. What makes people so curious of Blog?
Blog is different from existing bulletin boards on and off-line. Someone who uses Blog can express his or her thinking freely on the Web site. For example, a Blogger who wants to make an entry in his or her diary can communicate through photography or music and require readers' opinions. Through this process, Bloggers can be corresponding with anyone who has similar thoughts. So Blog can be a new window to express individuality and to satisfy the desire for revealing one's own private life.
  Also, Blog is an excellent family or community communication tool. It helps small groups communicate more easily than through e-mail or a discussion forum. “A Blog helped me study in China. I could share my experience and hear advice from my Korean friends,”said Lee Nam-u, the head of the Blog community, "The Most Wikid."
  But a psychological professor, Jacobi-Goldbug warns that Blog can be a new hinderance to human relationships in the real world because it is difficult to make a man who reads Blog see the human demerits.
Recently, Blog is being established as a kind of Korean Internet Culture. Although there is thoughts criticism, anyone can announce his thoughts freely without any discrimination and get information from someone who has a similar mind. Blog makes many people curious.

More Information:

 "www.blogger.com," "www.xanga.com," "http://casaubon.tv/minbok/," "http://www.j-bros.com," "http://enamu.com/wik,

Park Min-hee  pmhsmile@dongguk.edu

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