Yearly Kos Wrap-Up

A round-up of Yearly Kos summaries.Steve Rhodes pointed to Monday’s astonishing Chicago Tribune editorial:

“We might as well admit it up front: The first time we heard of the liberal blogging network known as Daily Kos was when Bill O’Reilly dissed it on his show,” the Tribune editorial page says this morning.

Whoa! The Tribune editorial page had never heard of Daily Kos until . . . last week?!!!

Tribune editorial board, you’re fired.
Daily Kos is only a blogging pioneer and probably the most successful political site on the entire frickin’ Internet. Did you guys sleep through the Howard Dean campaign? You do get the Internet, don’t you?

And you’re going to tell us who to vote for?

Daily Kos is more influential than you are!

What’s worse is . . . Kos was born in Chicago! He went to Schaumburg High School. That’s Tribune Country!

Among Rick Hertzberg’s much-appreciated conference commentary was this nugget:

“There are two thousand people here, every one of them a news junkie, and I haven’t seen one single person—not one—carrying a newspaper.”

Jay Rosen, in Huffington Post, shares his “main conclusion: more respect expressed for the blogosphere, and a little less wariness between the two groups. (But let’s not overstate it.)”

TeddySanFran smells a sell-out– and didn’t like the choice of McCormick Place:

I want the revolutionary, angry, Establishment-challenging, rabble-rousing netroots back. If Netroots Nation sees its new mission as pleasing Traditional Media, or allying with it, or making nice, or merging the two into some amalgam that pleases anyone in the Establishment: then it’s not my Netroots Nation.

In the Washington Post, Jose Antonio Varga shared his final thoughts on the conference.

While the Huffington Post and Fire Dog Lake, both founded by women, are two of the most widely read blogs, the rock stars are mostly men, and many women bloggers complain of sexism and harassment in the blogosphere…

Varga also quotes McClatchy reporter Steven Thomma, who, during the HRC address asked, “Are politicians trying to reach the bloggers? Or are they trying to reach us” — journalists — “through the bloggers?”

Katharine Seelye related the advice that techPresident.com‘s Andrew Rasiej’s gave to Nancy Robinson, a Boston gun control activist contemplating starting a blog.

“You are a traditional advocate looking for the traditional entry points, and if you don’t understand the culture of the Internet and the bloggers and their operating system, you’ll have a very hard time,” he said. “If you’re not of their culture, if you’re not blogging, if you’re not adoptive and adaptive, then you don’t exist.”

And, from Markos Moulitsas’ key note speech:

It’s a world in which the gatekeepers in the traditional media, political and activist establishments can be easily bypassed. It doesn’t matter whether the elite think we are respectable or not. They have no right to judge us.

One last note on Hillary Clinton’s visit to the conference on Saturday: I was surprised, but heartened, by the fact that she punted on the question about the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Surprised at her lack of fluency with an important aspect of communications policy; heartened by the fact that she didn’t seem to share the vector of the question, that the Act should be overturned. Yes, the Act resulted in consolidation and decreased competition among phone companies, but talk of repealing it, which began with its passage, is often overly simplistic and fails to take into account our new communications structure.

3 thoughts on “Yearly Kos Wrap-Up

  1. Regarding:

    “Whoa! The Tribune editorial page had never heard of Daily Kos until . . . last week?!!!

    Tribune editorial board, you’re fired.”

    I’d say that’s a measure of how much bloggers look into a hall of mirrors and think they’re gazing at infinity.

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