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November 08, 2004

Bloggercon IV: In the Heart of the Beast?

Posted by Ernest Miller

Jay Rosen has summed up his thoughts on Bloggercon III over on Press Think (BloggerCon III: Notes and Observations on the People of Moore's Law). He makes a very good point (among many):

In my view BloggerCon is not a tech conference--it's about democracy, and the blogger's "producerist" vision of it--but I am perfectly happy when others define the event differently.
Blogging, re: self-expression, is about democracy. When we realize that we can be creators as well as "consumers" we are more free and responsible for that freedom. Read the whole thing.

In any case, I was lucky to have the opportunity to meet Jay Rosen face-to-face and talk about some of the issues we've discussed via blog postings and comments, as well as Jay Rosen's view of Bloggercon. Part of these discussions took place over dinner with Zack Rosen (the very interesting and bright nephew of Jay), Mary Hodder, Peter Hirshberg and Doc Searls, who wrote about the dinner here: Dinnercon.

While I agree that a RosenCon would be very cool, I do think that Jay Rosen should take on the mantle of putting together a producerist Bloggercon IV. And why not in the news media capital known as New York City?

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1. Seth Finkelstein on November 9, 2004 02:40 AM writes...

"Blogging, re: self-expression, is about democracy."

Bah. Do you mean democacy as in we each have equal power (one person, one vote), or democracy as in we each have an equal chance at vastly unequal power (anyone can be President?)

In some countries, self-expression is a critical matter. But the US DOES NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE EXPRESSING THEMSELVES!

Expressing oneself *effectively* - in terms of political power - is another matter.

Ranting isn't revolution.

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2. Ernest Miller on November 9, 2004 05:37 PM writes...

I don't know ... the 79 thesis were a primitive rant, don't you think? The Declaration of Independence is one long rant against injustice. Sort of depends on how you define rant.

Of course we have problems with people expressing themselves, just not as many as other countries. It used to be hard to make and share video. It is getting easier, but it isn't without its problems. Anything that reduces such difficulties is a good thing in my book.

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3. Seth Finkelstein on November 9, 2004 09:16 PM writes...

A revolution has ranting by the revolutionaries - however, this does not mean anyone who rants is making a revolution.

Rich people drive expensive cars. Driving an expensive car doesn't make you a rich person.

We have problems with people being heard, not with people sounding-off, there's a big difference. And in fact, I believe that hasn't changed tin any major way.

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4. Not Seth Finkelstein on November 22, 2004 04:31 PM writes...

Please, please will someone revoke Seth's internet privileges -- just for a month.

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