blogosphere : Java Glossary
the collection of all blogs (web logs) on the Internet. Here are some of the reasons
they are taking over from newsgroups as the primary forum for political discussion:
- There is a moderator. His job is to filter out spam, childish posts, possibly
ad hominem posts, obscenity etc. This makes for a less bleeding raw read.
- The moderator can filter out posts discordant with his views. People can read
only what they want to hear.
- Blogs allow HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) or some
subset of it. This makes for more readable posts. It also allows for embedded
- Somebody else looks after filtering out the worst yahoos.
- On some systems each user in identified by a picon. It helps keep track of who all the people are you are
- On some systems, users can rate the quality of posts, so that you can choose to
read only the top-rated material saving you time.
- The blog owner is a real person, and has a website of material. On the
newsgroup nearly everyone is a fake person, or even if posing as a real person
could be fake. The blog owner at least has to stand behind what he says, and be
somewhat responsible for what his posters say.
- This I think is the big one. Technopeasants can use blogs with an ordinary web
browser. They don’t even have to stumble onto groups.google.com.
- An evil genuis figured out how to replace random words in other people’s
posts on comp.lang.java.progrogrammer
with silly or obscene ones. There was no management to complain to about patching
the security hole that permitted this. NNTP (Network News Transfer Protocol)
protocol is effectively frozen in stone by the intertia of its many users. There
was no mechanism to track down and eject the fruitcake. Pretty well the only ways
this could be fixed would be to redesign a whole new newsgroup-like scheme or to
take vigilante action against the vandal.