There must be 50 ways to vicariously read about Bloggercon

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Dave Winer’s unconference BloggerCon is having its third second annual instance this weekend at Stanford. I am mostly following it in my aggregrator:

Lobbycon is always one of the best parts of any conference; hanging in the courtyard and talking to folks – both people I’ve read and not met, and friends and colleagues I see regularly.
JD Lasica, Bob Wyman, Stacie Kramer, Gabe Rivera, Frank Paynter, Tony Gentile, Chis Nolan .Phil Wolff, Steve Rhodes, Roland Tangalo, Andrew Anker, among the throng.

Lots of other folks posting on the conference.

A look back: Bloggercon 1, Oct. 2003

Susan Mernit: Bloggercon: Lunch and links.
P.S.: Susan, you seem to have told Blogger your blog is now called “an.”

Did technology overpromise and undeliver in Campaign 2004?

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The editors of the Personal Democracy Forum have asked a number of experienced activists and commentators to take a first look back at the events of the last 18 months and identify the biggest impact technology has had on politics. The first responses are now featured over there (Election 2004: Lessons for the Future, part one).
At the risk of sounding like a broken record: it’s the people, stupid.
That is, the effect technology had on the election is that it gave new tools to people for connecting with each other. This brought a stratum of society that has lacked traditional forms of community new ways to meet and interact.
Nonetheless, it seems that some of the oldest structures of community organizing, religious congregrations, had as much or a greater impact on the election. Perhaps we should be asking them what they were using. Telephone and newsletter? Sermons and Sunday School? Or possibly mailing lists, Yahoo groups and websites?
Regardless, my point is the same. The technology may be fascinating but it’s people and their ways of congregrating and communicating and forming bonds that will drive politics and community organizing. The tools that best adapt to what the people want will always have the biggest impact.
Then again, if you ask jwz, the greatest impact technology had on the election was in subtly rigging the results below the margin of suspicion.
To add your own views on this discussion, you can post a comment to the open thread on the Personal Democracy Forum blog.

In this corner Yahoo and RSS, and this corner Google and Atom

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Steve Rubel’s Micropersuasion weblog is bursting with great insights into blogs, public relations, and the way conversations are changing marketing online. I find that in the first year or so of a new blog from an insightful weblogger like Steve you get a lot of great thinking about the medium itself.
Old burnouts like myself start to find the medium itself a little boring to talk about for a while, so the fresh infusion of new blood and new perspectives is always more than welcome.
Today one of Steve’s posts caught my eye in my news aggregrator (NetNewsWire), because he foresees a conflict that Dave Winer explicitly warned about when Atom began forking from RSS (Yahoo’s Love for RSS Will Turns Google into Unbeloved Portal):

Interesting perspective from a European analyst, who believes that Yahoo’s embrace of RSS will have Google morph into a portal. What the writer omits, but you can already see it coming, is that Google will try to use its weight to build momentum around Atom as a competing standard to RSS.

Municipal blogging

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Jed Miller writes about building town blogs at Personal Democracy Forum (another site I contribute to):

Mark Glaser of OJR keeps a steady eye on the encounter between journalism and the Internet. In today’s article he uses the lovely coinage “town blog” to describe a wave of new “hyperlocal” citizen media sites.

There’s really good thinking here about microjournalism as a collaboration between editorial thinking and citizen anthills. Glaser’s not boostering for “chaordic” journalism, but thinking intelligently about how the traditional and the new can collaborate

Blogumentary premieres Nov. 5 in Minneapolis

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Looks like Chuck Olsen’s movie is ready for prime time:

Just noticed that Chuck Olsen’s film Blogumentary is premiering in Minneapolis on November 5th. Chuck started working on this – and posting – in 2003 saying:
We live in an age where everyone is a mediamaker. Blogs empower us to tell our story, spout and debate our politics, and share ourselves with the rest of the world ? or at least the 5 people who read our blog. What compels us to blog? How does it affect us, each other, our work, the mediascape, the world? Do bloggers have anything in common? Does the blogosphere have a life of it’s own, like the emergent behavior of an ant colony excited by the discovery of food?

(via Susan Mernit’s Blog.)

Publishing for the people

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On the Creative Commons blog, Neeru Paharia writes about the beta version of The Publisher, an application that enables anyone to publish content with a creative commons license and host it permanently at

Leveraging the Internet Archive‘s generous offer to host Creative Commons licensed (audio and video) files for free, we recently completed the 0.96 beta version of The Publisher, a desktop, drag-and-drop application that licenses audio and video files, and sends them to the Internet Archive for free hosting.
When you’re done uploading, the application gives you a URL where others can download the file. It also is able to tag MP3 files with Creative Commons metadata and publish verification metadata to the Web. A HUGE congratulations to Nathan Yergler, who’s done an amazing job with this. Also, a great thanks to Jon Aizen and the folk at the Internet Archive. You can download the Publisher from here – give it a test run and let us know what you think.
Also note that aside from being downloadable from Internet Archive, these tagged MP3s can flow on to P2P networks, and be identified as Creative Commons licensed (see our Lookup app we recently also updated to 0.96). Morpheus is currently the only file sharing application to identify Creative Commons licensed files.”

(via Joi Ito’s Web.)