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An argumentation analysis of weblog conversations

To continue weblog conversations and follow-up discussion: working report An argumentation analysis of weblog conversations by Aldo de Moor and me.

Weblogs are important new components of the Internet. They provide individual users with an easy way to publish online and others to comment on these views. Furthermore, there is a suite of secondary applications that allow weblogs to be linked, searched, and navigated. Although originally intended for individual use, in practice weblogs increasingly appear to facilitate distributed conversations. This could have important implications for using this technology as a medium for collaboration. Given the special characteristics of weblogs and their supporting applications, they may be well suited for particular conversational purposes, requiring different forms of argumentation. In this paper, we analyze the argumentation potential of weblog technologies using a diagnostic framework for argumentation technologies. We pay special attention to the conversation structures and dynamics that weblogs naturally afford. Based on this initial analysis, we make a number of recommendations for research on how to apply these technologies in purposeful conversation processes such as for knowledge management.

In this paper we analyse actionable sense conversation. It’s a bit shallow (we took one week only and didn’t follow several interesting lines), but we are working on a proper analysis and better connections with innovation/KM theme. Comments are welcome.

This post also appears on channel weblog research

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2004/03/22.html#a1136; comments are here.

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