Meet the future
: Len Apcar, editor-in-chief of NYTimes.com (and, it so happens, a college classmate of mine for a year) came to Bloggercon “to get an idea how we can do this.” Jay Rosen chronicles his education by panel. I take my hat off to Len and the Time for coming and learning from real bloggers.
On the other hand, my current whipping boy, the Online News Association, invited known editors who happen to blog to its upcoming funfest when, instead, they should have invited the bloggers who never worked in the business, who hold the business in disdain and say so; they should have invited the “enemy” — no, they should have invited the future. (That’s just one of the obnoxious things I plan to say when I’m on a blogging panel there). Or more of them could have shown up at Bloggercon; we should have seen people there from TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers.
I’ll admit to the sin of pride in my personal relationship to big media and nanomedia; I happen to live in both worlds, wear both hats; I am a media bigamist. It’s a wonderful perch from which to watch the revolution in populist media.
Usually, when I show up at such gatherings, I’m there as big media boy. Here, I was nanoman; few knew my other life and fewer cared. I was there as a blogger.