But the ability to use communications technology is now so unrestricted that even the line between these definitions is becoming blurred. For example, The New York Times has a channel on YouTube , one of the world’s most popular websites (Alexa, 2013), which allows anyone to upload videos. Likewise, Current TV is an American 24-hour television network based on viewer-created content. In China, the most popular website is Baidu, a Chinese language portal that offers a plethora of services such as searching, multimedia content and social networking.
Blogging , too, has become a pervasive form of media. A blog is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or interactive media such as images or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order, with most recent posts shown on top. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images and other graphics, and links to other blogs, web pages, and related media. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media. Microblogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts.