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Live from SxSWi, almost

Until today I took David Nunez's advice and left my laptop at home, but for fun today I'm blogging live from South by Southwest Interactive.

At the moment Wonkette is on stage speaking about political blogging in funny and colorful terms not appropriate for a family blog. Her use of sexual metaphor is endearing; what offends me is that she uses the mainstream media's narrow and self-absorbed definition of "blogger" as "narrowly political A-lister". Two quotes:

"Bloggers could not exist without the mainstream media."

"Without the New York Times bloggers would have nothing to complain about."

Give me a break.

At the other end of the spectrum of thoughtfulness, here's a linky shout out to the five excellent panelists on the Blogging While Black session. I won't try to repeat what they said; visit their blogs and see for yourself. They were Tiffany Brown of blackfeminism.org (what it says), tiffanybbrown.com (her tech blog), culturedwino.com (wine); Lynne D. Johnson of lynnedjohnson.com; George Kelly of All About George and the group blog NegroPhile; Tony Pierce of busblog; and Jason Toney of Negro Please. And not on the stage, but in the air: the late Aaron Hawkins of Uppity Negro, Cecily Kidd of Formi(ca), and conservative Michael Bowen of Cobb and ConservativeBrotherhood.org.

For grins, I took a snapshot of images from the SxSW LAN during the Blogging While Black panel:

SxSWi etherpeg shot

Watching the images stream by in EtherPeg is interesting, but that static view is pretty dull. Come to think of it, attending the conference with my mind half on my laptop is generally sort of dull. I won't bring it tomorrow.

toys 2005.03.14 link

Comments

Pleasure talking to you about Austin and identity blogging tonight at the blogger party.

Thanks so much for attending!

Jason Toney [misterjt cxe gmail punkto com] • 2005.03.15
Likewise, Jason. I'm almost glad I missed the group I had gone to Club DeVille to meet.

Everybody, here's a detailed liveblog of the Blogging While Black panel.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.03.15
Meanwhile a disgruntled view that could apply to some of the less successful SXSW panels.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.03.15
I think you're being a little hard on Ana. I don't think she was speaking about all blogs, I thought it was clear from the context that she was talking about news commentary sites such as Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo, Greg Reynold's InstaPundit, et cetera.

She cites The Minor Fall, The Major Lift as one of her favorite blogs. It could certainly exist without much reference to the mainstream media. On the other hand, Marshall, Reynolds, and Wonkette herself most certainly couldn't.

Stan [stan punkto gunn cxe gmail punkto com] • 2005.03.15
Now you make me want to look back and see exactly what the context was, although I don't have time at the moment to hunt around for a transcript or podcast of it.

But even if she and her interviewer felt that they had established a context in which they could use the term as shorthand for a particular kind of blogger, I think it's a bad practice to do so. There's so much sloppy rhetoric about bloggers in the mainstream media these days that I think it's worth taking the trouble to be a little more precise in one's terms.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by. I enjoyed getting to talk yesterday and today. P.S.: You didn't miss much in the naughty panel you skipped this afternoon... :-)

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.03.15
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