On Invitations

An interesting e-mail arrived today–an invitation to a blogger conference/get-together in Raleigh, hosted by the local NBC station there.

I’ll admit, it’s intriguing. I’ve never thought of myself as someone who got noticed in the blogosphere. The NBC station wants to have a sit-down with bloggers to talk about the role blogs can play in breaking news stories and following stories that the mainstream media might have missed or moved beyond. I think that as more news outlets move toward having blogs as part of their online presence and blogs move toward more reporting and less editorializing we’ll eventually see a kind of convergence between the top-down model of information flow that defines the media and the bottoms-up information flow of the bloggers. Eventually these two wave fronts will converge, and perhaps even harmonize. Simply in terms of information theory I find that intriguing.

There’s, of course, a major hitch–I no longer live near Raleigh, so it doesn’t make sense for me to go to Raleigh for a one day conference, especially if it might be focused on issues that matter to the Raleigh-Durham area, issues that I still have a passing interest in but not an overwhelming interest in, and certainly not issues I would feel particularly moved to write about.

Nonetheless, it’s nice to be noticed and invited to a blogger conference. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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