I think I'm going to lose my internet connection now that the conference is over, but you can get alternate takes on the conference by checking out the comments here (scroll down).
Caio (the panel's moderator) asked about credibility of bloggers.
Josh: would never write anything in his blog that he wouldn't write in a magazine
Question: too little sense of building a community around a blog and too much emphasis on the individual blogger; big potential for commentary but not much for news gathering - why is that? wouldn't people try to gather news in order to contribute to the community?
Henry: many bloggers have a skewed view of actual reporter skills (especially beyond magazines); daily reporters who write x number of stories a day on deadline
Question: what is happening to the underlying articles below the front page?
Seth: looked up Slashdot story John Hiler referred to in his talk, and he knows the guy, so Seth is talking to him over IRC right now
Question: Jeff is losing his advertising dollars, but news is a commodity so what differentiates him is commentary, so what differentiates him from blogs?
Question I would have asked if there'd been more time: what kinds of conventions will we need to see put in place in order for blogging to become more "respectable," especially in comparison to journalists? For example, quoting others. It's already difficult to tell quotes from commentary. What do we need to do to move this forward.
Works simultaneously as a journalist and doing a blog. Enjoys not having to build up an entire article around an idea or point.
Can bloggers be journalists? No. It's not original reporting; most people can't invest the necessary amount of information to do it right. So blogs will continue to be the churn of commentary, reaction, opinion.
May not be formal constraints on what he writes, but there are definitely informal ones (reputation).
Used to be able to write a piece on his blog and show it to convential media who would then pay him for it. Now they know they don't have to pay for it since it's already on his site.
Fundamental honesty with your readers - how well sourced is something
What excites media executives most is interactivity (comments, forums), because that's what the people are telling you is important to them. Populism matters, and the internet is the populist medium.
Weblog is the highest form of this activity. Internet gives voice, weblogs give opportunity to create voices.
Will blogs replace traditional journalism? No. In an age when Daniel Pearl died to go get a story, it's not right to say that just commenting on stories is equivalent.
Still in its infancy, webloggers haven't been "discovered" yet. Bloggers are not representative of the audience, but can still listen to them. Can get the "buzz."
Didn't see the need for blogs until September 11, 2001. Had more to say, link to, comment on, so kept blogging. Feedback and reactions were "goosebump" time. This led to a community. Haven't figured all of this out yet, but it adds something new.
So if blogs are so great, why isn't he doing more at his day job? Difficult because they already have enough content but not ads and because they're a target because they have journalistic standards.
Nick Denton is tracking this conference remotely through blog posts, so he sent sales figures for Gizmodo.net for last month via instant messaging. $5000+, which is incredible feedback!
We'll figure out the voce for old and new media together.
A year ago, he wrote a NY Times story about spam in car navigation. Story hit Slashdot. Opinions took off from there and raked the story without even reading it.
It's easy to learn a little bit about a lot of things and feel like you're in the know.
Was writing a story about techbloggers (Dave Winer) and warbloggers (Glenn Reynolds), only to discover that his two sources were blogging about during the process. Those being covered by the media had their own media outlet.
Was doing a story about the introduction of the Euro. Started a blog about it with a friend, ended up with nine contributors. Peer-to-peer journalism because people posted their ordinary experiences.
Blogs are very addictive; compared bloggers and those who read blogs to smokers and there were way more blog hands than smoker hands (one!). Blogs hold their own against a controlled substance that's addictive!
"Flow" is addictive; you lose all sense of time and self-consciousness. It's deeply addictive. Bloggers know this, but this gets lost when we talk to other people. Feedback is incredibly addictive. Everyone that blogs remembers the first time you got an email feedback (or the first comment posted to your site).
Gambling industry is built on this same addiction to feedback. It's the unpredictability of the response that is addictive. Blogging is an addiction, but it's a good addiction. Blogging is eating into bloggers other media habits, and bloggers are reading a lot more on the web.
Blogs are different from other media because it's the first form of addictive media that closes the loop. Not just consuming content, but you're also creating it as well. First media eco-system. Engine of addiction.
Businesses don't get that blogs are addictive. They use the blog form, but don't use it to its fullest advantage.
My panel just finished at the conference, so I'll try to blog Mickey Kaus now that I got a wired connection (I can't seem to pick up the wireless one.) I'll try to go back and post my notes from Glenn Reynolds' talk.
Bloggers don't have to worry about "half-baked ideas;"
Professor Balkin: Can't tell anymore who's a private person versus a public person. No legal guarantee to retract.
Glenn Reynolds: old media has crappy publishing technologies; Google allows for disclosures of public interest because can look people up
Jeff Jarvis: the power of the NY Times is that the NY Times has to have the retraction, whereas this isn't true in the blogosphere; blogs have a surplus of opinions and a paucity of facts
Professor Balkin: worried about private censorship
Note: The Kitchen Cabinet helpfully summarizes the legal debate that occurred at the end of Kaus' speech, because I got so caught up listening to it that I didn't really blog it.
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