GHOST BLOGGING: TRUTH BE TOLD

Am I really writing this blog?

Could you tell if I was? Probably not. Not unless you compared it to other posthumous blogs I might be writing. Truth be told, ghost blogging is a real fact. Business people, the famous, writers, small businesses, you name it… to stay current and trendy having a blog can be an important feature to one’s day to day business and interaction. One easily hires an agency or writer to write it for them. Notes, pictures, details, are sent over the web and a person forms them into their own words. The recent movie Sex in the City showed Carrie Bradshaw, a writer, hiring a writer to run her blog. It’s the norm these days, really.

As historians, what does this do for recording history and thought. What if Dr. Goodbody, an expert in Medieval Studies, a woman ahead of her game, who recently discovered a lost medieval document. Her blog details her research, her thoughts, discoveries. The world reads her blog daily hoping to learn as much as they can as soon as they can. Students insert information they acquire from her blog into their papers. Newspapers run stories. The world begins delivering Dr. Goodbody’s information all around the world, to iphones and blackberry’s. Now, what if Dr. Goodbody is too damn busy to write her own blog. She hires someone to do it. Is it the same? Is it still historically sound?

Studying the colonial captive narratives written by Cotton Mather for a captive could be similar. We get the opinion, experience of the captive, but through Mather’s eyes. There is a sense of bias isn’t there. One componen that the ENG 565 class identified, with Dr. Hermes heading up, is that it is clearly written from a male perspective. The woman is indentified in the shadow of her role in the family. Bias is interpretive. Captive narratives like blogs can have a sense of bias if they are written by someone else.

In digital history, we’ve discussed the accuracy of blogs to deliver content and information. How does ghost writing raise the question of authenticity?

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~ by disembodiedspirit on November 19, 2008.

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