I will participate in a Commonwealth Club panel discussion tonight about the blogosphere. I need your help. Anyone with an intelligent comment to today’s blog, gets a free ticket to the discussion. My blogging colleagues at San Jose Inside are not eligible. The “intelligent comment” standard would eliminate each one of us anyway.
Here’s the question for the panel:
“Are blogs a valid grassroots form of journalism? Or is there too much chance for inaccuracy and not enough fact-checking?”
Here are the other panelists:
Dan Gillmor, Founder, Grassroots Media, David Pescovitz, co-editor, BoingBoing.net; Writer-in-residence, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley, David Satterfield, Managing Editor, San Jose Mercury News – Moderator, Special Guest: Chuck Olsen, Producer, Blogumentary
The program begins at 7:00 p.m., at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Second Floor (150 East San Fernando St., San Jose).
As for the free ticket for intelligent comments, there is actually no charge for the event – that way, you may actually meet another San Jose Inside blogger.
If you can’t get out tonight and want to hear a good speaker on Friday, go listen to George Lakoff. He’s a UC Berkeley professor of cognitive linguistics and author of best selling book, Don’t Think of an Elephant.
Lakoff makes the case in his book that Democrats need to frame issues better using language and imagery, as the Republicans do. (Example: the inheritance tax is now called the death tax by the GOP).
I first met Lakoff during last year’s presidential campaign. He is both an interesting speaker and all around nice guy. I recommend his book and an earlier one: Moral Politics. Here’s a link to find out more about the Friday event.