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BLOGS: THE PEOPLE'S MEDIA

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This morning I was guest lecturer for the New Media Culture class at the University of Minnesota's J-school. You can steal my slide show and rudimentary web companion page above. But really? You should pay me to present this at your school along with an exclusive Blogumentary screening. Call today!

Seriously, I would like to smooth this out and travel around with Blogumentary. I'm not the world's greatest lecturer (you know, top five probably - I kid) but I could get this down with practice. A couple of students had blogs so I put them in the spotlight. I hope they had a good time and learned a thing or two. One slightly embarassing moment: I pulled up Pussy Ranch and HEYOOOO! Diablo's boobies! Everyone was atwitter, you might say. Fortunately the class has a disclaimer: WARNING: The controversial nature of new media culture is subversive at best and offensive at worst. Please be aware that some explicit language, violence and sexual references in course materials might offend you. Great! Back to boobies and dildos...

  • Eastern Standard Tribe, Cory Doctorow's latest and free-est novel
  • Scripting News sez: Nader considering another presidential bid. "The Democrats should nominate someone who inspires. A person not a toothpaste."
  • That person is Dean, who is quitting unless he wins Wisconsin.

    February 5, 2004 at 10:52 AM in Weblogs | Permalink

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    This is sort of sad...I pulled up Pussy Ranch, as I do on a daily basis, and my first thought wasn't "oh, look at Diablo's breasts". No, it was "hey, I dig that stripey bedding".

    Posted by: Sharyn at Feb 5, 2004 11:55:09 AM

    hey, that *is* nice!
    diablo y juan - where'd you get the bedding? ikea?

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 5, 2004 12:10:33 PM

    Read read read...

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/2/5/192725/1717

    "First - John Berry - co-author of the must read The Influentials is one cool cucumber - has an excellent grasp of an important concept: that there are a core of people who are civically involved, and that they power the "conversation" of decision making. Second - the numbers bear out what many of us have known. Of people who are politically active on the internet - an astonishing 70% are influential in their offline community. Third, what is happening on places like Kos is important and it is being taken seriously, academics and others realize that the fall of Dean wasn't "the internet", but from mainly from other sources."

    Posted by: Chuck T. at Feb 5, 2004 3:36:05 PM

    So you essentially pulled off your own little halftime show today?

    Posted by: BM at Feb 5, 2004 4:07:02 PM

    Go Chuck, go!

    :)

    Posted by: Jordi Bunster at Feb 5, 2004 10:34:07 PM

    Yes, my own little halftime show. Now with puppets!

    Chuck T: thanks for the link, good stuff.

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 6, 2004 1:59:48 AM

    i like your blog presentation, chuck. i'm doing blog workshops here at Cornell College and am doing one this March (at Carleton - we'll have to hang Twin Cities homies) for the Instructional Technology symposium. I'm going to liberally steal from you, my friend.

    Posted by: lane at Feb 6, 2004 8:49:28 AM

    and i'm still working on trying to get you to come here to talk about doing a documentary. Maybe i can swing a blog thing, too.

    Posted by: lane at Feb 6, 2004 8:55:51 AM

    Hey, this is one of the students from that New Media Cultures class. We had an assignment to set up an online community; we were supposed to do an email group), but instead, our group set up a blog.
    www.j4551.blogspot.com

    Posted by: borns at Feb 6, 2004 11:21:27 AM

    Great! I'd heartily recommend you try adding comments too - check out Haloscan for example. I'd be more than happy to help. Err, if that's allowed.

    btw - about professional writers and blogging. William Gibson had a blog for awhile but when it was time to start writing his book, he had to stop. I can understand that - you'd need to focus all your energy. I think it depends on the person. Blogging may not inherently help or hurt writing, depends on how it's used perhaps. For non-novelists I've only heard about it helping.

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 6, 2004 1:12:01 PM

    Nope, Chuck, Target! It was part of the now-defunct "Swell" line of products. Sigh. I'm sad that its defunct as I had a heck of a time trying to match the stuff with those drapes you see in the background.

    Sorry about the, um, boobies. We had no idea that the Ranch was going to be used in classroom teaching! We'd'a cleaned up the place if we'd known you were coming!

    Posted by: jon at Feb 6, 2004 1:51:26 PM

    Target, aka Minnesot'a IKEA. of course.
    Don't you ever go cleanin' up the Ranch!
    Nothing to wake up an 8:15am class like boobies.

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 6, 2004 2:37:31 PM

    Cool. Comments=done. Thanks.

    Posted by: borns at Feb 6, 2004 3:27:10 PM