Tuesday, July 19, 2005

League Of Extraordinary GentleBloggers

(okay, the title is a reach, but c'mon, it's not easy to keep them catchy all the time)

Sac Bee columnist and blogger Daniel Weintraub columns about blogging the Bear Flag way at this past weekend's Bear Flag League conference.

Weintraub sees a strong future in political blogging (we agree), analogizing it to the "long tail" demand curve theory. He's likely right, though I'm not sure that lots of little hits equal the big impact of one big hit - say a nightly newscast, etc - mainly because with blogs, it's hard to know who's reading along with you, while TV and newspapers have extensive ratings and profiling systems. We're still an insulated world . . . .

Btw: though Phoblog isn't listed with BFL (mainly because this isn't a conservative blog - well, not in the way they mean it), we have been linked by some Bear Flag member sites such as So. Cal Law Blog and CalBlog. Hat tip to each . . . .

Speaking of blogger conferences, however . . . . Fellow Metroblogging SF author Morey alerts us to tonight's Electronic Frontier Foundation Bloggers' Rights conference.

Here's the 411:

WHAT:
BayFF on Bloggers' Rights

WHEN:
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2005

WHERE:
111 Minna Gallery http://www.111minnagallery.com/
111 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 974-1719

WHO:

Kurt Opsahl- Moderator
Kurt Opsahl, who leads EFF's bloggers' rights campaign, is also one of the attorneys representing online journalists in Apple v. Does, the case in which Apple Computer, Inc., is seeking to unmask the journalists' confidential sources for articles about a future Apple product. Read more about bloggers' rights and Apple v. Does at www.eff.org/bloggers

Violet Blue - Panelist
Violet Blue is a hardworking sex writer, editor, adult book and video reviewer, and machine artist. By day she works as Assistant Guest Editor at the popular erotic blog Fleshbot. Visit Violet's blog at www.fleshbot.com (warning: not work safe).

danah boyd - Panelist
danah boyd is a Ph.D.researcher at the School of Information Management and Systems at UC Berkeley studying how people negotiate their presentation of self in mediated social contexts to unknown audiences. Most of her work revolves around articulated social networks, blogging, and other social software. She blogs at Zephoria , misbehaving.net , and Many-to-Many. Learn more about danah at www.danah.org

Dan Gillmor - Panelist
Dan Gillmor is founder of Grassroots Media Inc., a project aimed at enabling grassroots journalism and expanding its reach. The company's first launch is www.Bayosphere.com, a site "of, by and for the Bay Area." Gillmor, a former columnist with the San Jose Mercury News, is author of "We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People" (O'Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens' media and why it matters.

Mary Hodder - Panelist
Mary Hodder is an information architect and interaction designer for several web service companies with social media sites. Previously a web products manager at Technorati, Mary works with companies in open source, photo sharing, and blog aggregation. She blogs at Napsterization and was an original author at bIPlog, the Berkeley Intellectual Property Weblog.

Jackson West - Panelist
Jackson West brings a fresh voice, wit, and style to SFist, the San Francisco outpost of Gothamist. He serves up regular restaurant, book, film, theater, music, and nightlife reviews and edits SFist for free - and he loves every second of it. Visit Jackson's blog at www.sfist.com

This event is free and open to the general public. You must be 21+. Refreshments and birthday cake will be served. Please RSVP to (415) 436-9333 x129 or bayff-rsvp@eff.org

111 Minna Gallery is accessible via BART. Get off at the Montgomery station and use the exit marked 2nd and Market. Walk south on 2nd Street for a block and a half, and take a right down the Minna Street Alley. 111 Minna Street is located between Mission and Howard streets.
Note the inclusion of the younger SF city blog to the exclusion of its elder (that'd be us), but whatever. Out of the -ist family (no, they don't get a link), Jackson seems to be the only non-jerk in a title position. But I digress . . . .

I'm going to do my best to catch the event and report back . . . .

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