Last night's San Francisco Bay Area Blog Bash was a raging success and a hell of a fun time.
Of all the interesting comments that I heard last night, the most interesting came from Joanne Jacobs. Joanne worked as a journalist at the San Jose Mercury News for a number of years, and she still has high regard for "Big Media". But she also finds that the great majority of newspaper reporters seem to share similar educational backgrounds, similar attitudes and similar personality types. One example she gave was that there don't seem to be many religious people who write for newspapers. On the other hand, she said, the blogosphere includes a lot of "very smart people" with a wide variety of backgrounds and knowledge. As a result, she finds that blogs can be more interesting to read than newspapers.
Indeed, our little ad hoc group included a few software developers, a bookseller, a cabinet maker, an attorney, an Army officer, a professional journalist, a science fiction writer and former restaurant manager, a math PhD student, and a musician. I imagine this is far more diversity of knowledge, experience and perspective than what you can expect to find in a group of 13 randomly selected newspaper reporters.
A page of pictures with names! and running commentary is herePosted by Stefan Sharkansky at January 08, 2003 02:36 PM