Will Blogs Change Development Thinking?

Tuesday, 1 November, 2005 - 15:39

Given that the topic of blogging was frequently raised during the SANGONeT ICT Conference which took place this week, the SANGONeT team thought it might be useful to revisit a previous item on this to

Given that the topic of blogging was frequently raised during the SANGONeT ICT Conference which took place this week, the SANGONeT team thought it might be useful to revisit a previous item on this topic for the benefit of our readers.

In an article published on the id21 development communication research website, Tim Harford and Pablo Halkyard argue that blogging enables readers to track debates across the Internet, contribute to discussions and unearth deeper facts.

Possibilities for Development Initiatives
The authors contend that blogging levels the playing fields as quick response and critical commentary drive and expand debates far more than institutional influence.

Harford and Halkyard are optimistic about the potential for change that blogging can bring about for the developing world, given its success in unearthing inconsistencies in the developed world.

While this article provides an enthusiasitic and optimistic forecast for blogging in the developing world, it makes little reference to the digital divide. To read the full article, click here

Selecting a Suitable Option
Anyone interested in pursuing the options available for creating an online blog will find the following blog software comparison chart  (originally published in the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review) extremely useful in that it provides a simple set of criteria for identifying the application best suited to your specific blogging needs.

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