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Waldo Jaquith

Hey, right after I posted about the conference, I caught myself starting to post something nasty and partisan, and stopped myself.

Old habits die hard!

kathy

Now I'm dying to see who shows up with a bag on his/her head.

KathyinBlacksburg

Yes,;-)

Any time I hear the suggestion that bloggers (or anyone else should just be "civil," I hear the old trap. They hope we progressives will fall all over ourselves playing nice and the other side will pummel us to death. What's now defined as uncivil is anything remotely criticizing The House of Bush. Call me "not buyin it." I'll not be defined by or restricted by these guys without goin down speaking out.

KathyinBlacksburg

One more thing... The fact that this conference is being organized shows the power of bloggers. Politicians and "MSM" (yeh, I know, it's not really so main stream)journalists alike have found us a force to contend with. Hmmm... So, why then should we contribute to our own regulation and extinction? It's one more way that the GOP stranglehold of everything that walks, moves, or speaks will be expanded.

James Young

Before you chuckle yourself to death, you might want to enlighten us as to your opinion of the comments made by Begala and Dean about which Behan was commenting. If you don't condemn them, then you apparently limit your contempt for harsh partisanship to that demonstrated when Republicans respond to Democrats.

Waldo Jaquith

Any time I hear the suggestion that bloggers (or anyone else should just be "civil," I hear the old trap. They hope we progressives will fall all over ourselves playing nice and the other side will pummel us to death.

They is me and, as one of those progressives, no, I have no such hope.


So, why then should we contribute to our own regulation and extinction?

If we don't determine how to regulate ourselves, I guarantee you that we'll be regulated externally, eventually, by somebody, only we won't have any say in it. Most industries (videogame, movie, music, etc.) have the good sense to take up self-regulation when threatened with external regulation. We can follow the clear path, or just wait for it to happen and then gripe a lot about it in retrospect.

The time of trial is always. Now is the appointed time.

Medley

Waldo - I don't understand your analogy between personal weblogging and other 'industries' and why, therefore, you think that any regulatory activity would be similar.

Mind you, I do not accept the premise that webloggers are, by definition, "journalists" either. (Some are, some aren't.)

Generally, though, I just don't buy that what an individual says in an email or on their website should be subject to any sort of speech regulation. I'm rather fond of the First Amendment.

Shaula Evans

Maura, what felicitious timing. I just checked in for the first time in *months*, and happened to read about the conference in time to meet the registration deadline.

Sorry I've been hard to reach--I've been sick for months. I'm not great but doing somewhat better at the moment.

I look forward to seeing you and hopefully getting some catching up time!

VA Loan

it was a call to action wasn't it!

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