Bloggers on stage
: Doc is running a panel on blogging. He tells a great story about getting a tour of the Dean HQ via a laptop cam and “meeting” Joe Trippi that way.
: David Weinberger says that what excites him about this so much is just how unofficial it is; it’s not undersecretaries of something blogging, it’s the people.
: Halley says she reads first the bloggers she least agrees with. She starts with Andrew Sullivan.
She has a good list of 10 trends of political blogging.
: The guy in front of me is playing solitaire. Different clicks for different folks.
: Dave Weinberger says it’s fascinating that political blogs turned out to be as much social as informational. “They’re really not about information at all. They’re about group-forming.” Right. Amen. (I said that some weeks ago.)
: Dave says the inefficient interaction of the comments on the Dean blog turned into an advantage: It’s hard to flame someone as an asshole when their comment just scrolled up .
: Phil Wolff (Joi’s picture here) asks how to keep people involved when the election is over. Doc asks what this is without an election. I shout (rudely) it’s local government. Someone else (Ruby) shouts it’s political action on issues. She also says, when asked by Doc, that she plans to get back to local politics when this is over because she wants to have an impact. Doc asks the audience how many people want to get more involved in local politics now. Many hands raised. Impressive.
: Dave: “If you want to see a real echo chamber, don’t read the candidates’ blogs, read the daily newspaper… That’s the echo chamber that really worries me.”