Krista Kennedy, Rex Sorgatz, Shane Nackerud, Dan Gillmor, Me

Tonight I participated in a lovely Blogumentary screening and panel discussion at the University of Minnesota. It was especially cool to spend some time with Mr. Grassroots Journalism himself, Dan Gillmor. Blogs are dead - long live blog!

Podcaster-master Garrick has a condensed version of the panel discussion. This is far preferable to my video of the whole thing.

Extra special thanks to Clancy Ratliff and Nora Paul for buying Blogumentary DVDs. Double-super-icecream-thanks to Nora, who pulled this whole thing together and is a flashing beacon in my fledgling new media career.

Thanks to everybody who came out - I really super appreciate it. I was in a thick cloud of sickness, so I hope words came out in the proper order. Pioneer Press tech-guru Julio Ojeda-Zapata was in the hizzouse and might do a writeup for the paper. That's so cake.

  • View the trailer
  • Screening mention in MarketWatch
  • Mother Jones review
  • Norwegianity review

    February 3, 2005 at 10:55 PM in Blogumentary | Permalink



    Thanks for coming to, and providing a point of reference for, the discussion tonight. I used to blog quite a bit long ago (a year), but my wells of creativity and time ran dry after a year or so. But let it be said right here, in this very comment, that I have returned to the blogosphere and it is largely because of you.

    Michael Opperman, Nora's assistant at the INMS, told me that he was going to start up a blog as a result of your documentary. If he makes good on his promise, I'll be sure to let you know.

    Best of luck,

    Jordan Stalker
    Research Assistant, Institute for New Media Studies, University of Minnesota

    Posted by: Jordan Stalker at Feb 4, 2005 12:02:03 AM

    just a week from now you will be thrillin' the duluth peeps.

    i went to the Playground ribbon cutting today and it is gonna be awesome for your screening.

    get better mon frere.


    Posted by: starfire at Feb 4, 2005 1:11:42 AM

    Jordan, that's incredible. Media Lucida looks right up my alley. Yes, get Michael on the blog train. NOW LET'S KICK SOME BLOG ASS! (sorry... pathetic attempt at testosterone display)

    One week till Duluthumentary. I can't wait. Hope I'm better by then too, cuz I wanna party.

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 4, 2005 4:33:24 AM

    I thought you handled one of those last questions beautifully. For those not present: There was this naysayer in the audience who asked something to the effect of: "Won't blogging just go the way of television? Won't it become yet another mindless diversion?" And Chuck just said, "I think people will always have something to say." Bravo. Unexamined, knee-jerk skepticism is just as bad as unexamined, knee-jerk enthusiasm when it comes to new technologies (or anything else, I guess).

    Posted by: Clancy at Feb 4, 2005 9:46:08 AM

    thanks Clancy!

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 4, 2005 10:24:25 AM


    It really wasn't knee-jerk skepticism. It was an honest question. It was a question asked of experts (or near enough, anyway, not to take away from the panelists). There is a very real possibility (and more drastically an outright DANGER) that blogs will become coopted by the mass media. It's happening already, with guys like Eric Alterman "partnering" with MSNBC. The media machine is already entrenching on "our" medium and to wonder if blogs will just become another tool for the corporate mass media is in no way out of line.

    Posted by: Jordan Stalker at Feb 4, 2005 11:07:59 AM

    Oh and Chuck, the template I use for my blog is one that Blogger offered (perhaps still does). Not many use it, as it doesn't look modern enough, I guess. I did make some minor changes, but the design is in no way my own.

    Posted by: Jordan Stalker at Feb 4, 2005 11:16:09 AM

    Hmmm. Okay, well I guess I misinterpreted it then. I certainly didn't catch that the person was posinng a question about *corporate co-optation* of blogging, and Dan Gillmor and Nora Paul definitely agreed with the questioner's point, so what do I know. The way I heard it, the tone sounded almost jeering, and it seemed like the person was suggesting that weblogs will become *like broadcasting*, which removes the conversational element, which I think will always be there, and implies that audiences will once again become complacent, passive couch potatoes (the "a diversion" part). At any rate, I think Chuck's reply was right on target, and I, like you, Jordan, share concerns that weblogs will be co-opted, but I think the exigencies and desires of citizens will always exceed and elude the reach of corporate mass media.

    Posted by: Clancy at Feb 4, 2005 11:57:11 AM

    Any news from SXSW yet? If you can't make it, I'll send you a report from the film blogging panel...

    Posted by: dvd at Feb 5, 2005 3:17:17 AM

    I just bought my Gold Pass, so I will see you there!

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 5, 2005 6:40:06 AM


    Posted by: dvd at Feb 5, 2005 2:28:44 PM

    I'm glad I went to the screening - I missed the first screen of the film and didn't want to pass up another opportunity. Great job on the film! Bonus points for giving the subwoofers a workout! The panel discussion went very well too - lots of great topics covered.

    Posted by: Brian at Feb 7, 2005 11:46:41 AM

    oh dang - didn't realize you were there.
    chat me up!
    although i was probably already being chatted up. or trying in vain to eat some pizza.

    yeah, i need to make some more audio adjustments -- that was some crazy ass bass in the intro. :-)

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 7, 2005 1:35:27 PM

    Yeah- I had to skeedaddle right after the panel discussion otherwise I would have stuck around. Hopefully see you around soon though.

    Posted by: Brian at Feb 7, 2005 9:43:09 PM

    I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. This panel discussion sounds like it was very stimulating and probably quite thought provoking as well. Wish I'd been there!

    Posted by: panasianbiz at Jul 26, 2006 3:06:22 PM