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Have you followed the discussion (kicked off by Adam Crymble) of 'shock and awe' graphics. I love this image, but I am not sure what it says beyond the text.
I think I would disagree with this a bit. It seems to me that blogs have evolved in response to a rapidly changing intellectual ecology, in which the funding bodies have played a big role. I also rather missed the counterpoint that we can read blogs as weigh-points in publishing (almost like an old style academic seminar). Indeed, this open peer review process seems just as fun and interesting; and as mentioned in a previous comment, the big area of blog expansion I see, is in the ego-blog world of trade publishing. More generally, I think that you might want to do a bit more to intregrate that habermassian moment in to th early modern discussion. In some respects, Habermas is advocating a different kind of modernity, to the early modernity you delineate and provide a geneaology for.
In a sense, the point about 'big data' is that a lot of its advocates are happy to try and create a positivist, epochal narrative. I would want to cite directly the work of the ngram guys on issues such as the decline of irregular verbs - it is interestingly ahistorical.
Of course, an aside to this is the role of the funders in encouraging projects to create a 'blog'. As far as I can tell, in the UK JISC and the AHRC have made this pretty much mandatory. While SSHRC in Canada and the office of digital humanities at the NEH also seem wildly keen on projects using blogs as both a management and publicity tool.
I wonder if you are missing the category of blog that irritates me most: self/book promoting history blogs. These are normally entirely engaged in discussions of how sexy/wierd/disgusting the past was. There are at least two or three for Georgian London alone.
I should probably update my blog practise! I am clearly and anti-social git.
This is great stuff, but it is a pretty sharp transition between the historiography of the early modern, and the blogosphere, and I wonder if you need to do more to plug the relationship between these two discussions.
It strikes me that blogs form an interesting sub-class of stuff, but that their evolution (and the use of computers in research and publication) has a pre-history. In the UK much of this was driven by the University expansion process post '92, in which teaching with computers was supposed to solve the issues of expansion.
My reading of the British historiography of the last two decades is that it represents a conflict between an older German narrative of modernity and a British one, marked by the take up of Habermas following 1989. You are probably going somewhere in this direction later, but it seemed relevant here.
I have to admit to rather missing the blogosphere by this point, and wonder if a few pointers back to the present might be appropriate.
If you are going to cite an ngram, you probably need a footnote on methodologies and data collection. Irritatingly the Cesar iteration of the viewer is no longer available, but you might look at Bookworm as a more scholarly iteration of the same tool. On the 'long eighteenth century' in an anglo-phone context I have always takent this to have come out of the 70s and 80s attempts to integrate Thompsonian Marxist social history with economic history in reaction against political narratives (most of the historians of the period in Britain in the 80s had never come across Braudel!
Phil's discussion is very good on this.
Oddly, the bit I was uncertain about this characterisation. My own blogging experience has been that the balance between community and engagement I find on Twitter actively discourages me from using my blog as a 'community' platform.In other words, my feeling is that 'linking' and promoting links in Twitter actually draws out some of the 'cutting and pasting' activities that might otherwise be found in blogs. And as Brodie suggests in a previous comment, in that context the blogs become forms of publication.