Remediation is when "each medium promises to reform its predecessors by offering a more immediate or authentic experience, the promise of reform inevitably leads us to become aware of the new medium as a medium". Basically, "what is new about new media comes from the particular ways in which they refashion older media and the ways in which older media refashion themselves to answer the challenges of new media".
Touch on immediacy and hypermediacy .
With weblogs, as spoken of previously, the old media that is changed, made better, enhanced, has an expansive reach. Articles and information from bloggers and others mention talk radio, the "diary", journalism, commentaries, and editiorials found in newspapers. In many ways they remediate homepages/personal web sites as well only in a more evolved/better fashion. All of these are meshed together to create the various forms of weblogs we find today. The confesstional/personal weblogs remediate diaries and journals, whereas, say, the new logs remediate types of editorials/articles/commentaries found in print sources.
What does remediation infer about weblogs? These weblogs question Bulter and Grusin's idea that electronic communications are geared toward immediacy and therefore, a non-text based culture. Weblogs prove through their popularity that people are still textually based and more attracted to that. They are remediated from print, but yet do not fully engulf themselves in the immediacy common to the internet.
Weblogs are formally very immediate to the user as far as using them and publishing on them, and yet also not immediate for the reader to respond to versus, say, chat rooms or instant messenging. Still personal in content, as far as confessional weblogs are concerned and in losing control, but the immediacy of feedback isn't there which is attractive to some. The blogger can say what they feel without being interrupted or criticized right away. This makes way for some in-between time: "The safe space of writing. (Brooks)" Plus, not many critics will take the time to comment, unlike, in chat rooms or with instant messenging.
Weblogs are immediate in their publishing tactics too. Bloogers don't deal with HTML coding (unless they want to) like in a hypertext writing/personal homepage, they can publish from any computer, not just their own, and weblogs are appropriate for releasing emotions- ranting and raving instead of just showing photos of your family like on a homepage. These items also allow for much hypermediacy in having control over what they DO write even though they give up the control as to who can read it all. The "rawness", that I like, about weblogs is found in the ability to NOT be able to delete what was written and published.
Weblogs are socially indescribable. A question encountered now when writing a blog entry is: What can I NOT say? Who could I offend with this? The possiblities of protocol within the types of weblogs are different as well. In a sexblog ring, it is probably appropriate to describe your erotic situations and fantasies whereas on the techblogs, this would be unacceptable and frowned upon (even though the blogger wouldn't see them frowning).
Socially, the weblogs allow for the meeting of other bloggers. Within xanga.com, the dot-com I have gone with for my weblog, there are many webrings that I can belong to. A webring is a sort of electronic community of people that share common interests. So while someone may have many friends in their core group at school/on campus, they can also have a webring of friends and a completely different type of community to go to electronically.