Convention blogging, missing the point: That a group of A-list bloggers are being credentialed to cover the party conventions is more novelty than news. It’s great that some writers-without-editors will be posting their observations and experiences but that merely extends the current “reporter-pundit” paradigm of traditional journalism. The true break-through will come when all delegates, party operatives and candidates start blogging. Dave Winer is helping the ball get rolling by setting up ConventionBloggers.com, an aggregator of DNC blogs that not only pulls in all the “credentialed” blogs, but delegate blogs as well. As usual, Dave’s thinking ahead of us. (Have I mentioned he’s a great humanitarian recently?)
This is making me think I should go to NY and blog the RNC. Hey, I’ve got some experience.
Update: David Weinberger blogs the same “A-List bloggers story misses the point” issue. It doesn’t surprise me that I would anticipate David’s concern as most of what I believe along these lines has been lifted directly from influenced by his Cluetrain writings.
To the print and broadcast media, bloggers usually look like little, vanity-press versions of the mass media. That’s because the media focus on the A-List. After all, the A-Listers are the ones who have succeeded in the mass media’s terms: By definition the A-Listers have accumulated masses of readers. And then we get the gotcha, for the media have additional values, such as striving for objectivity and polish, that are not necessarily the A-List’s values. So, blogging looks to the media like a home-grown mass medum that’s amateurish and unreliable. At worst, to the media we look like self-deluded egomaniacs who have convinced ourselves we’re competing with national news organizations.