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March 9, 2005 by Chuck | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (3)


Plain Layne was one of the first blogs I read that made me want to make this documentary. Layne was a 26 year-old single woman from the northwoods of Minnesota, adopted, now working insane hours doing IT work for her ex-boyfriend at "MiniCorp", zipping around town in her black Volkswagon bug, going to cool rock shows, struggling with her past, and falling in and out of love... with other women.

Layne's life was better than any soap opera, all the more so because she was a real person, living in my city.

Miguel, like lots of Layne's commenters, started his mornings reading Layne's latest missive [MIGUEL]"

Today I ate all three meals and a midnight snack at Minicorp -- and it's no longer today, it's tomorrow now. An 18 hour workday. I have more of these than you know.

But you think my life sucks? WRONG! Now I get to go home and slide into bed next to Lauren and wake her up with intent passionate kisses and and and...and that's my reward for enduring another brutal day in this corporate dystopia, making love to the girl who makes love to me back.

Layne revealed incredible emotional honesty with her readers, and often we shared back. Some of us tried to give her advice. One of those commenters was Ryan, in Manitoba:[RYAN]

But on June 8, 2004, Layne's blog vanished - leaving behind nothing but a mysterious Polish error page. She'd disappeared before, briefly, but this time it appeared to be for good. I was especially bummed that I never got to meet her. I'd made lots of local real-life friends though my blog, and I'd always hoped to meetup with Layne - but she remained elusive.
That's right - Plain Layne turned out to be a man. After her blog went down, Plain Layne's loyal followers reeled in speculation We realized that none of us had ever actually seen or talked to the girl in the pictures we thought was Layne. Speculation turned to investigation, and countless threads of amateur sleuthing revealed the real Layne: Hi-tech entrepreneur and lawyer, Odin Soli.

November 4, 2004 in Blogumentary by Chuck | Permalink | TrackBack (0)


Lori and I took our blog-inspired activism all the way to the Minnesota Democratic Party convention in Duluth. Lori was there as an alternate delegate, voting on the state party's platform. I somehow managed to get a press pass, becoming our state convention's first credentialed blogger. Now I really AM the media. The only question is, what am I supposed to do?

Senator John Edwards was the star of the show... maybe I could get an interview with him. I managed to piggyback into a small press conference with Edwards. Now I was in the exclusive press club. Little did they know a blogger had infiltrated their little party. Oh yes, The revolution will be blogged.

The only problem is, I couldn't think of anything to ask. I felt kindof shy and uncomfortable. [One more question!] I think I was entranced by John Edwards' shiny blonde hair. I may be the media, but I'm not really cutout to be a journalist. Still, people appreciated my first-hand account of the convention experience. Especially my pretty pictures of John Edwards. More than anything, my blog provides detailed personal coverage of local political events that might barely get mentioned in the mainstream press.

November 2, 2004 by Chuck | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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Both Lori and I have become more engaged in local politics since starting our blogs. We blogged about our Democratic precinct caucus, where we decided to become delegates. When our city buses went on strike, Lori wrote an eloquent post about it - "The meek shall inherit the earth, but not a transit system." On my blog, I posted a speech our mayor gave about the strike. Both of our posts were featured on the Metro Transit Strike blog - started by a member of the transit union which became THE place for the inside scoop on the strike's impact and negotiations.

I decided to harness our local blogs for some old-fashioned activism. I issued a "Blog Action Alert" urging local bloggers to write their thoughts on the strike's impact on our community, and to urge their readers to call the governor in a one day phone blitz. About ten Minnesota blogs chimed in. The governor agreed to meet with the union for the first time that night.

Coincidence? Yeah, probably. But it was really our first glimmer of the power of blogs as citizen media - keeping our community informed and spurring us to political action. Whatever the result, it feels good to roll up our sleeves and get our feet wet in local grassroots online democracy.

Lori and I certainly weren't the first blog couple. That honor goes to Meg Hourihan and Jason Kottke, who'se blog courtship made waves in a New Yorker article called "You Got Blog" in November of 2000. Meg worked at Blogger, in San Francisco. Jason was a blog superstar in Minneapolis. They met at the South By Southwest interactive festival in Austin, Texas. They fell in love, and eventually moved to New York and lived happily ever after.

October 13, 2004 by Chuck | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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The "guerilla journalism" of conservative bloggers like Power Line sprang to action after Dan Rather's 60 minutes report on September 8, 2004. Rather's report revealed new documents from 1973 casting further doubt upon President Bush's National Guard service. Within hours, a post by "Buckhead" on FreeRepublic.com declared the documents were forgeries because the proporational font used in the documents would not have been available in the early 1970's.

The next morning, Power Line's Scott Johnson picked up on the story and posted Buckhead's comments. With that, the swarm was unleashed. Power Line received hundreds of tips from readers with knowledge of the typewriters and protocol used in military memos. A right-wing blog called Little Green Footballs recreated a close replica of one memo using Microsoft Word and composited that with the CBS document, demonstrating how easy it could be forged. The blogosphere was on fire. Bloggers were engaging in their own reporting, and consulting their own experts. By mid-afternoon both the Drudge Report and the traditional media picked up on the scent, prompting CBS to release a statement defending the memos authenticity. RATHERGATE is born.

Lefty blogs soon jumped into the action, doing their own typographic analysis and arguing that it was technically possible for the memos to have been created in the early 70's. But CBS's story continued to crumble as both new and old media found new evidence discrediting the documents authenticity.

Dan Rather didn't budge: [DAN RATHER VIDEO]

Former CBS news executive Jonathan Klein, appearing on the O'Reilly Factor, defended the CBS News system of "multiple layers of checks and balances" compared with mere blogs, "a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing what he thinks."

The pajama brigade declared the documents forgeries on September 8, but it would take 12 days for CBS News to admit their mistake: [DAN RATHER]

"The audience knows more than you do." Prophetic words from JOURNALIST AND BLOGGER DAN GILLMOR in his book "We the Media."

Whatever their political stripe, Blogs give us the power of the press... in our living room. Blogs are the 5th estate - citizens, watching the media and the world. Blogs let the audience contribute new perspectives and fresh voices, making news a conversation instead of a monologue. Bloggers challenge Big Media's primal authority (cathedral) - and establish the audience's authority. Nowhere was that more evident than in...RATHERGATE (metal clink, logo slam, drama)

October 11, 2004 by Chuck | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)