Blogging and globalization: the blurring of the public/private spheres

Gillian Youngs

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Purpose – The blurring of public and private spheres is among the changes associated with the phenomenon of blogging. In linking this to theories of globalization we can see more clearly how new media transformations have macro as well as micro significance. Design/methodology/approach – An assessment of blogging is undertaken in the context of theories of globalization, with specific focus on issues related to public/private linkages, the aim being to make theory-practice connections to enhance understanding of the wider implications of blogging. Findings – The analysis identifies how theories of globalization offer foundational understanding for investigating blogging as a social rather than purely new media development. This relates to the spatial reconfigurations of social, political, economic and cultural life, which have been characteristic of processes of globalization. The ways in which blogging demonstrates the blurring of public and private spheres is usefully understood within this broader spatial framework. Research limitations/implications – This is a primarily conceptual and theoretical approach with substantive reference to blogging, which remains at the general level rather than looking in detail at different kinds of blogs and their implications. Its contribution is therefore located primarily in the conceptual and theoretical domains. Practical implications – This form of analysis foregrounds public/private sphere boundaries in relation to blogging and could contribute to critical thinking about the social implications of blogging for bloggers and readers alike. Originality/value – Conceptual and theoretical linkages between theories of globalization, especially in relation to spatial issues, blogging and the burring of public and private.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-138
Number of pages12
JournalAslib Proceedings
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2009


  • Electronic media
  • Globalization
  • Internet


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