This morning I led a workshop at the 2005 SURGE Conference about using the Internet as a tool for activism. I promised the participants that I would post some links here to the websites we discussed.
- Anton’s Blogging 101 (a great introduction to blogs)
- Bloglines (aggregators like this are a great way to keep up with lots of blogs)
Check out my line-up in Bloglines.
- Daily KOS (progressive/Democratic activists’ community)
- Network-Centric Advocacy
- Movement as Network
- The Rise of Open Source Politics (article in The Nation)
- Orange Politics and the local blogroll
- Chapel Hill Blogger Conference, Saturday Feb. 12
- Greensboro 101
Blogs & journalism:
- Ed Cone (Greensboro News & Record columnist)
- Dan Gillmor (“The End of Objectivity”)
- Jay Rosen’s PressThink
- The Lex Files (The News & Record’s attempt at “open source journalism”)
- Audio Activism (about podcasting and grassroots journalism)
- There’s a discussion about blogs and community journalism this Wednesday (2/9) at the N&R
Some of the important things we discussed about blogs:
- The first person voice is more authentic than the so-called “objectivity” of the mainstream media.
- Blogs are a discussions, both within the comments of a particular blog and between blogs.
- Blogs are network-centric and grassroots, so remember to emphasize those strengths and don’t try to exert too much control (except for trolls).
Whew! That was quite a brain dump. Please feel free to add your own links and suggestions in the comments. Thanks again to those who participated in today’s workshop.