Washington Post> President Bush’s campaign will unveil a Web site today that allows proprietors of online journals — Blogs or Web logs — to “get the latest campaign headlines and inside scoop posted instantly to your site through a live news feed from GeorgeWBush.com!”
Dave Winer has responded today to widespread criticism in the blogosphere that the cost for BloggerCon is nothing more that a Con by releasing 25 seats labelled scholarships, to the conference to bloggers in a randomly drawn competition.
Winers initiative, whilst in the right direction, has only come about as a result of the negative feedback the conference has been receiving in the Blogosphere.
However Winer will only attract further criticism with a snobbish attitude taken to bestowing “scholarships” to bloggers (a scholarship being something bestowed upon normally from a high, from those of authority, on those below) further ingraining the growing belief that Winer and his fellow group of self appointed blogging elite are nothing more that; a self appointed, self focused group of blogging carpetbaggers whose relevance may only be amongst their own small clique. His continued promotion of a hierarchical structure of a blogging elite through his actions and words will only continue to add fuel to the backlash he is already receiving.
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The most telling sign that the Internet is no longer the cool American frontier? Blogs, which sprang up to sass the establishment, have been overrun by the establishment.
Continuing the trend of frontline reporting from the citizenry of the Blogosphere, blackout blogs have begun to emerge from the darkness of the North American Eastern seaboard. The Blackout Moblog gives the event in pictures, some of which are startling and paint an amazing picture of the chaos from a non-news network perspective. Ka-blog gives a personal perspective, gabeanderson.com: life gives an opinion. There are plenty of Blogs around with other comments and perspectives: visit Technoratis links to the CNN story for breaking links, and the Blog Herald will update this site as the day progresses as more first hand accounts come to hand in the Blogosphere.
The power blackout on the North Eastern seaboard of the US and Canada has caused major disruption to Blogging and blog viewing traffic this morning (W. Aust Time). Major delays in access the Internet in general were coupled with a number of major blogging sites disappearing for several hours as hosting providers struggled with little used backup power supplies.
For online news of the blackout CNN, Foxnews and the Sydney Morning Herald
All hell broke lose, and the blog-vendor lobby who patronise the people who in their dot.com terms, “provide the content” for their “blogosphere” (on which they are now claiming mining rights), got a real sharp repost. One minute these tools guys extol the grassroots as their validation for being important, and the next minute, they see them as a worm farm, to be harvested at leisure. Needless to say, bloggers weren’t buying into this power relationship:
Ken admits this made him anxious. “It was scary to think that the whole world could be looking. I’ve been apprehensive a few times when things she posted seemed a little embarrassing.”
Having considered reader comments, and listened carefully to our 2 entries, Pete Hopkins from This Pirate Kills Fascists wins the $20 USD for the first reasonably sung version of Blogging Pie. Congrats to Pete! Now Pete, please put your email address on your site so we can send you money. Stay tuned for a new Challenge shortly.
TriValley Herald>”As Frank saw it, the startup faces two challenges: dealing with incumbents who do collaboration and document and calendar-sharing including OpenText and eRoom on the one hand, and those that already have a history selling Web log tools such as Traction on the other. “