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June 23, 2008

Washington Politico Shuts Down Live Blog

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Live blogging during events has dramatically increased in popularity. Recently, at a Lakewood City council meeting, community members took issue when Councilman Walter Neary continued to clank away at his keyboard as they met.

Called out for ‘not paying attention,’ the congressman agreed to kill the live blogging and focus solely on the matters at hand. Which leads to the age-old question:

Is it possible to do two things at once and do them well?

I’ve often wondered if ‘live bloggers’ really enjoy the beats they cover. Whether it’s watching a concert or attending a conference, wouldn’t you be doing yourself (and your readers) a service if you just enjoyed the event, processed the information, and then shared? What if he was simply taking notes’ would anyone have called him out?

Let’s hear your thoughts…

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