: Mickey Kaus, speaking now, says he used to be a journalist. Now he’s a blogger.
Now he doesn’t worry about deadlines, length, or “arbitrary editors with ideas of their own…. I probably couldn’t write a lead paragraph anymore if I wanted to.”
: He says that bloggers as a new press will cause complications with the old ways — e.g., how can officials run the Congressional press gallery when there are 500k people with computers and blogs who can legitimately call themselves reporters? Is there a new definition of the privilege of the press? And weblogs, with their technology and speed, give a new standard of correction (echoing something Glenn said).
: He says that among bloggers there is a “Darwinian self-interest in being nice to each other and maintaining a civil discourse.” He may disagree with Andrew Sullivan but he doesn’t really want to piss him off; it’s about links; it’s about traffic; it’s about — gasp — community.
: My son is emailing me news about Dell rebates (hints to Santa, what with Christmas approaching) and I told him I’m at this conference at Yale, connected even as I sit here. He was impressed. High-speed? he asked. Yes, I said. Wired and wireless. This, my son, is good reason to study hard: so you can come to Yale and be connected.
: Others reporting on the conference:
: Kitchen Cabinet
: Glenn Reynolds
: Rory Perry of the WVa Supreme Court of Appeals
: There’s a noisy chorus of keyboard clatter as Glenn Reynolds speaks.
: Glenn says that weblogs solve the “problem” posed by Republic.com, the book: that the Internet creates conversation only among people who agree with each other.
Weblogs point joyously to those with whom they disagree.
He suggests a need for a study to see whether webloggers link more often to those with whom they agree or disagree.
: He says weblogs will succeed because they are cheap: “It’s cheap. You don’t have to make money to do it. I think there’s a place for a medium for people who don’t have to make money.”
: I feel rude trying to type and listen at the same time. I will listen for now.
: Reynolds’ definition of the Internet: “It’s a big playground for guys like me. And there are a lot of guys like me.”
: The Q&A is what you’d expect from bloggers: not Q&A but A&A&Q&A&Q: dialogue among bloggers.
: Mickey Kaus says the media outlets that should be put out of business are those that don’t really report: Time and Newsweek. (But he says they won’t because they get access to the powerful.)
: Glenn says that weblogs and their audiences are good at corrections. “If something has been on a weblog for a long time and has not been corrected it probably is true.”
: A good story for a real journalist: Reynolds says that games are going to have more impact on political life than weblogs. Games like civilization make assumptions (e.g., appeasement doesn’t work) that become rules of life for their players.
: I blogged the item below from the Yale Revenge of the Blogs conference (for a stoney place, it’s quite nice that they’re very wired and unwired) under the also stoney glare of all kinds of law celebs. I’m such a populist creep.