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Essay on Blogs

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Essay: Blogs
“Discuss how this kind of definition differs from the kind of definition you might find in a dictionary? Think particularly about the type of information provided and the tone.”

All day long, people everywhere post what they are feeling, thinking or doing right at the moment on the World Wide Web. Whether it is on Facebook, Twitter or some kind of other blog, many people share their thoughts and even issues in the internet. William Safire wrote an article about blogs, published on the 28th of July 2002 in The New York Times. While reading this article with an extended definition of blogs, the question arises in which way this kind of definition differs from the kind of definition in a dictionary. One can say that the definition of blogs in the article is different to one in a dictionary because the extended definition is subjective and entertaining. One reason why the extended definition of William Safire differs from a normal definition in a dictionary is because the extended definition is not written objectively. A definition in a dictionary always looks the same. A word or thing is described in an objective way, without judgment, evaluation or personal opinions so that it is obvious and comprehensible to everyone. Whereas in this article, while describing a blog, the author also expresses his critical opinion about blogs and lets the reader know that he himself would never set one up because he does not want anyone to know what he thinks (Safire). Using such expressions, the author indirectly appeals to the reader to think critically about blogs, too. This is totally different in a dictionary because in dictionaries the reader is not at all influenced in his opinion. Due to the fact that definitions in a dictionary are written objectively and the definition in the article is written subjectively, one can say that those two kinds of definitions differ from each other. Furthermore, a reason why the definition of blogs in the article is...
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