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Blogs and Authority October 5, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Authority, Blogging.

A request came to me yesterday from our Provost via our Dean to describe how to search for blogs. One of the issues with searching for blogs is that many of the popular search tools don’t do a really good job of differentiating between blogs and more traditional information sources. This may be based in part on how the sources are structured (i.e., XML), but may also indicate that the lines between traditionally-published and participant -published content may be blurring. For example, is information on the Creative Commons, authored by Professor Lawrence Lessig in his blog, less authoritative than information on the Creative Commons authored by a staff writer for some newspaper, just because of the form in which it is distributed?