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Commentary :: DNC
Brief & incomplete review of DNC bloggers
27 Jul 2004
Modified: 01:16:42 AM
We know all about those arguments of "qualifications" and "professionalism" here at Indy, but how about the bloggers' outlooks and analysis?
While the AP stated something to the effect that
"without established rules for Web journalists, the convention staff has had to review each blogger to evaluate their qualifications, originality, readership and professionalism", others have said the anointed DNC bloggers are waaaayy white and waaaayyy male. We know all about those arguments of "qualifications" and "professionalism" here at Indy, but how about the bloggers' outlooks and analysis? Are they equally waaaayyy Dem? Let's have a peak at some of the DNC bloggers listed in today's New York Times special supplement on the DNC.

Other than a few seemingly out-to-lunch or re-directed sites, this writer found:

"We're in! Blogger Alley is for real. We're high up on the 7th floor directly above the stage. The floor is still pretty empty. We have scored a desktop and we're sitting next to David who is the CEO of Technorati who is blogging for CNN--and Steve Olson who is blogging on Stakeholder for the DCCC.
There's McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts stations downstairs if we get hungry. We've got our camera hooked up and our cell phone seems to be working."

"Update: Jenny 8. Lee from the New York Times is here--she's great, so spirited. She's wearing orange fishnet stockings to match her escape hood. You can read her article about the bloggers in today's New York Times here."

(right, let's they say)

"Patrick Belton of Oxblog, an Oxford graduate student and self-described centrist who worked for Bill Bradley in 2000, sees the convention as "a wonderful time to take a snapshot of all different factions, who's on the rise and who's on the relative wane."


(the chatty librarian; nice but...)

(very commercial; where's the meat??; who cares about anonymity?)

(Along w/all the ads a Dem reformer sez):

"Over the past year, I have moved from being a strong defender of the national Democratic Party, to being increasingly disillusioned....It's not just a bunch of bloggers screaming into the wind anymore. It's now famed Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs like Andy Rappaport and the ridiculously deep pockets of others like George Soros. It's MoveOn and ACT (formed by pervious rivals from the labor and environmental movements), and dozens or hundreds of new organizations rushing to fill the void created by an ineffective party.
This election is the last gasp of the old establishment, not because we the bloggers declare it, but because the smart money has cast its lot outside the party hierarchy."

(spends too much time in front of a monitor):

"On the streets of Boston, the police presence is palpable. But it's mainly street cops on the corners and stuff like that. I'm sure the souped-up security is there, probably in places I haven't been. But it hasn't been as visible as you might expect." (Say what?)

(reportedly blogging for MTV and talkin' trash to beat the band....substance? viscous fluids)

(carried Aljazeera's banner theft story, go girl!
and covers things of interest)

That's it. I get a one out of eight, not including the lunch crowd. Of course there IS 30 of them and we trust at least one or two more are worth reading, yes? Please tell us yes.

In any case, the DNC bloggers are the "human interest" buzz among the media corporados this time around, which may be both a good thing or a bogus thing depending on how one views it. To their credit, even some of shall we say? lite bloggers? are quick to point out that they are NOT the story, the event is. Be that as it may, this blogger would just love to see more text about just who really does and does not qualify (and just exactly why) to be among the chosen high above the assembled masses, way inside the gates and fences, beyond the robo-cops and feds w/earpieces. There's nothing like a little self-examination to enhance one's diary, after all.
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Re: Brief & incomplete review of DNC bloggers
27 Jul 2004
They had one of those blogger, I believe the MTV one, on CNN. She didn't say anything that made me want to look at her blog, and seemed out of touch with reality. She mainly talked about her Blackberry, which is I guess a tool to check your email while driving down the freeway or going through the checkout at a grocery store. Alexander Cockburn has a funny dis on bloggers the last time I heard him speak.
I did notice that there is this odd comparison between Bush and Kerry's family. Bush and Kerry both went to Yale and were in skull and bones etc. Both of them have one brown haired and one blond haired daughter, and I think one of each of their daughters went to Yale. However, beyond that, they are like night and day. Kerry's daughters are actually tolerable and smart, while they're still keeping Bush's daughters hidden from the press because they screw up during every contact.
"Blogging of the President 2004 - Christopher Lydon - Bulger brothers article
27 Jul 2004
Modified: 08:26:00 AM
Generally, I find the "Blogging of the President 2004" site troublesome to use (the rendering just does not seem to interface well with my browser), however, this article is very interesting and the subject of the Bulger brothers and their influence is a hugely important piece of Boston history. I am also very fond of Christopher Lydon and still miss his radio show which I found thoughtful, intelligent, and challenging regardless of my own personal conviction on a subject. This article is a pointer to an audio interview Chris did with Howie Carr on the subject of the Bulgers.

I heartily recommend this article and in particular a listen to the audio available (no matter what opinion of Howie Carr one holds).

More excerpt:

"James, known as Whitey, is the FBI-licensed serial killer, belatedly on the top of the Most Wanted list but also on the lam now because old friends at the FBI tipped him to run before he got arrested. William is the fallen autocrat who ruled the Massachusetts State House for decades with the fear and the power that came, not least, from his brother's gun.

Our liberation from the Bulgers gets scant mention in the institutional media--perhaps because the best of them (including "60 Minutes" and "The New Yorker") were in on the cover-up of our Bulger Imprisonment. But the Rise, Reign and Fall of the Bulger Brothers is the biggest Boston story of our times, maybe the only really important political story since the Kennedys...."

Christopher Lydon Interviews... :


"Related URL[s]'" below:

URL #1 - Permalink to "What's Really New in Boston"

URL #2 - mp3 audio of Lydon interview with Howie Carr about the Bulger brothers.

[the mp3 is about 15M - just do it - it is a great story!]
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