|Saturday, December 10, 2005|
Ethan is asking questions about what it would mean
for GV to get much more multi-lingual and how do we get there?
What are the big ideas for GV going on?
Some ideas :
I really do hope some of these conversations continue - one day felt too short for so many really interesting issues. One thing I'd like to see added to the blog are online presence indicators and callto or talkto buttons using IM and VOIP to better engage in conversations!
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this session with the questions - what makes some local blogospheres so
vibrant and others not so? What can we do to engage more people
One of the best points made in this session is by a friend of Hoder's -
who says sometimes stories about people's personal experiences can be
very enlightening to outsiders to learn how people are living. There is
a need to to translate these human experiences. Let's focus on real life
experiences and not just political blogging. And
in the process you will uncover not just the politics, but also the
socio-cultural, economic and human themes and preoccupations that
emerge. I LIKE THIS THOUGHT!
Another interesting point of discussion - should GV start a series on customised tools and documentation around them.
Also, how do you evangelise blogging off the ground?
Ethan sums up the session --- get beyond the current
blogworld through outreach programmes, we have a wide range of
strategies that work in different blogworlds like central lists, high
profile personalities etc. One of the questions is can GV become
the centre and distributor for evangelising blogging.
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Tools to continue our conversation globally :
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Dean Wright from Reuters sets the tone for the
session with the basic thought that mainstream journalists must embrace
blogs and engage in conversations like the one we are having here. I then
was asked by Rebecca to talk a bit about the Tsunamis and Katrina experience and
share learnings around them. Following my experiences, Georgia Popplewell who
tracks the Carribean blogosphere talks about media being lazy ... she
sees a synergy between bloggers and journalists, and believes that once
they realise that blogs can help them do their jobs better, blogs would
become more popular and effective. She's one of the few podcasters in
who blogs from Tel Aviv starts of by saying it's really difficult to
have a sane conversation about the middle-east. She gets flamed by hate
comments from Palestinian commenters. We shared a room last night
and I know Lisa was disturbed by responses to a recent post
she had made. Most Israeli bloggers whose native language is
Hebrew don't blog about politics. The English language
bloggers in Israel take stands and blog about political issues as
well. It is a diverse blogosphere - and it can result in
cacophony. Her attempt is to 'humanise the other'
Jeff Ooi of the
Malaysian blogworld is asked by Rebecca, to what extent he feels he is
a journalist, and to what extent a blogger. He says bloggers try
and give context to mainstream journalism. When bloggers first
made it to the scene, they were despised. There was an onslaught
from mainstream media on bloggers who were sharing alternative views on
political issues. But it's encouraging to note that perceptions of bloggers have
now moved from 'Unrestrained do-gooders' to 'Byword for freedom of
expression' (terms traditional media coined!). There is democracy
and freedom of speech enshrined in the constitution, yet there is one
major challenge, which is there is not absolute freedom of speech -
which means we need to have a good sense of judgement and
responsibility, in what we blog. Jeff's blog is all about how to
migrate Malaysia from a production-based economy to a knowledge-based
economy. But things are changing - and one sign - for the first
time, the Malaysian government has issued press passes to bloggers for
an international conference which will take place soon.
Dean picks up and reiterates the point that Jeff makes on blogs providing a context for diverse voices on issues.
a quick round-up on journalist-blogger issues in South Asia - she says
it's contextual - where mainstream media doesn't do its job - bloggers
do it. In the Bangladesh bomb blasts, bloggers took the lead.
In Nepal, on the other hand, blogs were supporting mainstream media. In
India there is now the emergence of blatant plaigarism by traditional
media off blogs. Also, she raises the issue of - do bloggers want
to be journalists? (I tend to say I am a blogger, not a journalist).
how do we vouch for the credibility of bloggers? How do we make sure
people trust what we are doing? What are the responsibilities of
bloggers, with all the added attention? Does this change the way
we blog today?
talks about the strengths of subjectivity - journalism is about someone
telling someone's story, whereas blogs tell their own story. The
personal voice will always differentiate bloggers from
talks of the Kenyan blogworld, where there was the case of a journalist
who had plaigarised a blogger, and the bloggers relentlessly went after
him until they got an apology. Blogging isn't being given the
importance it should. But bloggers are filling a role that
traditional media isn't - as bloggers are more 'real' , they are less
lazy and not corrupt like journalists.
David Sasaki who
is the America's editor and has recently attended a course on blogging
sees the blogosphere as a conversational space - a cafe. He
did go through a phase when he was debating journalist or blogger for
Onnik Krikorian who is a journalist blogger based
in Armenia talks about media feeling threatened by blogs and tells a
story from Azerbaijan - where he posted a picture on his blog from
there, and they sent him a warning because they didn't like the fact
that a blog was using their material.
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The summit has
started ... after some announcements, Ethan and Rebecca are
making a request to get more involved in the GV program, especially in
filling out the wiki.
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