::Cue Exasperated Sigh::
Our meetup this morning was covered by Steve Safran of Lost Remote.
Mr. Safran has this helpful thing to say:
How is it that, in a room of 25 – 30 local bloggers, nobody is liveblogging this? Come on, gang. A local station is reaching out. It’s worth writing about.
How is it? Okay. I'll tell you how it is.
Much is made in all quarters about this New Media Revolution and how Everyman can storm the Bastille of old media. Yet what Mr. Safran and those of his ilk fail to realise is that not every blogger owns a laptop.
The way I see it, 25-30 of us were up early on a Saturday morning, taking time away from our families and busy lives to continue our strong partnership journey with WKRN. Yes, WKRN was reaching out. Yet the Nashville blogosphere has always reached back enthusiastically. At last count 5 of us blogged the event postmortem. On our hard-to-schlepp-to-the-GEC desktops at home.
I've heard both Terry Heaton and Mike Sechrist make much of the rising power of Citizen media. They've always seemed to respect us--if not our current positions, our potential. However it's inevitable that most people, like Mr. Safran, who are entrenched in Established Media adopt a bit of a patronising attitude toward the very people they ostensibly celebrate.
It takes all kinds to make a revolution. And some kinds won't have a laptop.