Sunday, July 31, 2005

A round-up of coverage on the BlogHer conference held this weekend in California. More, from Jay Rosen. Wish I could have been there. Hope to push in some of the same directions in October...

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Local blog advertising network launched in Greensboro.

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I recommend this article by Richard Rubin in the NYT mag on remembering the trial of Emmett Till; for people interested in the Greensboro Truth & Reconciliation process, it is something of a must-read.

Rubin writes:

We tend to think of racism, and racists, the way we think of most things -- in binary terms. Someone is either a racist or he isn't. If he is a racist, he does racist things; if he isn't, he doesn't. But of course it's much more complicated than that, and in the Mississippi of 1955 it was more complicated still. Today, we can look back and say that Howard Armstrong should have voted to convict Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam of murdering Emmett Till; but for him to buck the established order like that would have actually required him to make at least four courageous decisions. First, he would have had to decide that the established order, the system in which he had lived his entire life, was wrong. Second, he would have had to decide that it should change. Third, he would have had to decide that it could change. And finally, he would have had to decide that he himself should do something to change it.

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N&R article by Elyse Ashburn on the changing nature of civic and service work in Greensboro, with Ben Hwang as the lede example (complete with a pretty picture). The focus is on Ben's teaching at Weaver, but it could just as easily have mentioned his leadership role on Greensboro's upcoming blog conference...

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