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Thursday, October 26, 2006

VCAM Blogging Panel

Busy today. Not much blogging. Here's something, tho, from Bill Simmon of Candleblog:

Blogging and the Democratization of Media: From the Printing Press to Wikipedia and Beyond

Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM) will host a panel discussion about blogging, podcasting, citizen journalism and the future of online self-expression on Thursday evening November 2nd at 6:30pm. Panelists include political writer and nationally renowned blogger Steve Benen (thecarpetbaggerreport.com), Seven Days staff writer and blogger Cathy Resmer (7d.blogs.com/802online), and Front Porch Forum founder Michael Wood-Lewis (frontporchforum.com). The panel will be moderated by filmmaker and blogger, Bill Simmon (candleboy.com/candleblog).

The panel is free and open to the public and will include an extensive Q&A/brainstorming period.

What is blogging? Is it just a fad? Is it a threat to “traditional” journalism? The panelists will discuss these questions as well as the many different ways in which citizens are participating in an enormous online meta-discourse, using blogs, podcasts, video blogs, online forums, tagging, YouTube, Flickr, and countless other web-based tools.

VCAM is a non-profit community media and technology center offering free public access to and hands-on training with state-of-the-art video production and post-production facilities. VCAM operates channel 15 on Adelphia/Comcast Cable in the greater Burlington area.

The VCAM studio is located in the south end of Burlington at 208 Flynn Ave., in the back, facing the RR tracks. For more information or directions, call 651-9692 or visit vermontcam.org.

October 26, 2006 at 12:55 PM in House Rules | Permalink


Panelists include political writer and nationally renowned blogger Steve Benen (thecarpetbaggerreport.com), Seven Days staff writer and blogger Cathy Resmer (7d.blogs.com/802online),

Interesting how "blogger" is always mentioned second here, eh? Even for a blogging panel?

Is this a sign that we may be internalizing the sense of inferiority we receive from those in traditional media who still roll their eyes at us?

Posted by: odum | Oct 26, 2006 2:51:23 PM

Odum, I call myself a writer. I don't call myself a newspaper writer. Or an internet writer. The focus is on writing, not on the method of delivery.

I wouldn't call myself a blogger, either, if asked. I would say that I blog at 802 Online.

Posted by: cresmer | Oct 26, 2006 4:01:47 PM

It's an interesting question, Odum, and I won't dismiss it out of hand (though that was my knee-jerk reaction). After all, novelists call themselves "novelists," not "writers" typically. In that case, the form trumps the act (of writing). I also hear "columnist" a lot, which I suppose could apply across media.

I have not asked him this specifically, but I'd bet money that Steve would say "writer" before "blogger" even though his blog is his primary output medium. In fact, the only reason I mentioned "blogger" at all in the descriptions is that it's specifically relevant to this panel (though certainly any thorough bio for Steve would have to include his blog).

Your thesis is that blogs are looked down upon and so they don't rate first billing and I don't think I buy that. I suspect it has more to do with blogging being but one part of what these folks do -- a VERY important part in Steve's case, but he also writes for print publications of various stripes and wants more work like that so he needs to call himself a "writer" as opposed to a "blogger" or a "magazine writer."

You should come to the panel and bring this up. We can talk about it further.

Posted by: Bill Simmon | Oct 26, 2006 6:17:06 PM


We're spreading the word down here and it's now up on Ibrattleboro.

I'm sure some of us will make the trek.

Posted by: Brattlerouser | Oct 26, 2006 7:24:49 PM

You should come to the panel and bring this up. We can talk about it further.

I have to decide how serious I was before I do that. There was definitely a wink and a nudge implied, if not quite inferred (did I get those right...I imply, you infer, yes?)

Posted by: odum | Oct 26, 2006 11:29:25 PM

Winky winky!

Posted by: cresmer | Oct 27, 2006 9:27:15 AM

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