Live Blogging The OSM Launch
By Ed Driscoll · November 16, 2005 10:09 AM · The New, New Journalism
Unlike Jeff Goldstein, I'm actually here, so the following will be tempered by a generous interaction with reality. But here goes...
10:05: Folks are wandering in: Neo-Neocon is talking to my wife about hate email; Evan Coyne Maloney just introduced himself to Charles Johnson.
10:06: Announcement to take a seat.
10:07: Andrew Breitbart is at the podium, introducing OSM to the audience, which looks to be about 90 to 100 people, based on a very, very quick and rough table count.
10:10: Breitbart: "Roger and Charles have gone on a shopping spree and linked together 50 of my favorite bookmarks."
10:12: Breitbart introduces Roger L. Simon.
Roger's speech explains the origins of the Pajamas Media meme. Here's the final draft, Roger may have made a few extemporaneous minor changes:
I would like to welcome you all to the launch and – before we ignite our site – say a few words about what was once Pajamas Media and is now OSM – Open Source Media – the new media paradigm for the 21st Century.10:25: Charles does indeed ignite the site. "At the top of the page, you'll see the sexy visage of Alan Greenspan..."
"Our next study is about a tranvsite turbot. This story will be changing often--very often, in the case of this story..."
"We solicit all of you to give us lots of tips, because we rely on the Blogosphere."
Top News – blogs meshed with mainstream media
"I invite you all to log on to the site and check it out at your leisure!"
10:30: Roger's back on the podium:
RS: And now I would like to acknowledge the folks who will make this operate… Jill Stewart, syndicated columnist and once of the LA Times and New Times and now happily our West Coast Editor… Hillary Johnson – novelist and award-winning editor and no relation to Charles - our news editor…She’s back in LA holding down the fort. Jill and Hillary will work with Belmont Club in Australia and Barcepundit in Spain to keep our site running twenty-four hours a day. Our Director of Technology and resident wizard is Magnus Kempe, formerly of Sapient in Switzerland. And on the business and research sides are Vik Rubenfeld, our Research Director, who is monitoring the political opinion study I told you about and Tom Troja, Emotion Engine founder and CEO who worked before with Decker Communications, Disney Channel and CBS and is now our VP of Marketing and Business Development. If you’re from the advertising and marketing world, we invite you to buttonhole Tom to discuss that side of our business.Elizabeth Hayt, style journalist with the New York Times and Vogue. Kim Weinstein, author of 2003 Beauty Guide to New York. Christa Webber, "Never Teh Bride" author, and editor of Manolo For The Brides Blog.
10:40: Elizabeth Hayt seems to be going out of her way to illustrate all that is loathesome about the New York Times and the whole New York liberal inteligencia mindset: "I hate blogs, I don't read them. I think they're for rich people with too much time on their hands to vent. And they said, "That's why we want you here." "I politically very liberal, but right now, I feel like Ann Coulter in a room of lefties!"
10:55: Manolo's comments are a beat off, perhaps because of the time delay of beaming in his voice, "It's like non-sequitors from Alpha Centuri!", Gerard Van der Leun is overhead commenting.
MUCH hooting from audience--including myself.
11:06: Elizabeth Hayt: "I did attempt to read the Manolo, and I found it unreadable".
Well, lots of people have found Hayt's main employer to be much the same.
11:07: Tom Julian, the MC wraps it up--and did a great job of holding it together.
11:09: Roger introduces next panel: John Podhoretz, Richard Fernandez, and David Corn, and mentions that Larry Kudlow and Claudia Rosset are running five minutes late in traffic.
Roger notes that unlike Hayt, these gentlemen are all professional journalists who also blog--"Fancy, that", Roger says drolly, in response to Hayt's ant-blog screeds.
11:12: Claudia Rossett arrives.
11:15: David Corn explains various rolls of investigative journalists, pundits, and bloggers. Says that in general, bloggers are too opinion-oriented and not a source of first-line news. For the most, can't argue with that. But that's changing.
"Blogging is like going on televivion, and having Bill O'Reilly ask you a question--without getting interupted. It's a much better way to convey impressions because you're not being constantly interupted by anchormen and commercials".
11:19: Richard Fernandez: Blogging allows for additional tracking of what MSM reports, particularly during tragic events. "You can never argue from authority when writing a blogging post...the power ofa blog is to take you forward from a deductive to an inductive to a conclusion. For the first time in history, you have a network that flows both ways from the audience to the players. Where the audience can come up and be the players, and the audience can provide value. It's the revenge of the guy with a day job."
More Fernandez: Because journalists are first-rate journalists, because people who bring their day job experience, they make them look like first-rate amateurs when someone with a day job with relates experience to a topic.
For a 100 years, newspaper columnists got a column because they didn't advance to being an editor. They were shunted off to the side and given columns. If you profit from what I write, you should continue you reading me. When Richard ran the Belmont Club anonomoysly, you read him not because of who he was, but because you agreed with his words.Kudlow asks Corn what's wrong with journalism returning to its roots, with lots of pundits left, right and center. What's wrong that?
Corn is bemoaning the loss of common culture as media is demassify. "People self-ghettoize...Nobody could do what Chronkite did in 1967 or '68 when he went to Vietnam and told us the war was lost".
(That's a feature, not a bug--Ed)
Podhoretz: "People in the mainstream media once pretended they were balanced. They were speaking from a spectrum that was titled to one side of the political spectrum. It is much more difficult now for the MSM to ignore the voice of conservatives. But the MSM still misdiagnoses elections, all of which has to do with a blindness that remains". (Lots of a paraphrasing.)
Kudlow; So what I'm hearing is from John and David is that the New York Time online is nothing more than a good liberal blog site!
Rosett: Ultimately Larry, everything is a blog site. Transaction costs have dropped dramatically. In my early days as a journalist, 25 years ago, when all I did was write a few things for a school paper. When I started writing, there was no Google, and I put in a collosal amount of work researching articles."
Explains how hard it once was to sell a story. Now it can posted in a moment on any Website.
Podhoretz says People had no idea how disfunctional many newspapers are--including those he's worked for--and are so defensive about admitting that they are literally the first draft of history, "and you know how messy first drafts are".
Corn is claiming that blogs slant the facts, unlike MSM.
Rossett compares today's journalism with "bucket shot journalism" from the 18th and 19th century. "There are sites that you go to for gossip--you don't expect them to be verified. And there's sites you go to fact".
Podhoretz: "The Internet has brought modesty--or it will bring modesty--to the olympian voices of the traditional media" Discussing Charles Johnson's role in breaking RatherGate by simply typing up an MS Word document.
From outside the Rainbow Room: Demonstrating Muggeridge's Law, Scott Ott has inadvertently written a neat paraphrase of Elizabeth Hayt's take on OSM and the Blogosphere.
12:15: Glenn Reynolds (in audience) tells David Corn that if the big media doesn't care what its customers think they're going to continue to lose readers--just as Hayt said that she doesn't care what laypeople think about fashion.
LAST UPDATE: 12:30 to 2:30: Lunch followed in the Rainbow Room proper, followed by speeches from Roger, Judith Miller (introduced by Glenn Reynolds), and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). I didn't blog those, but I'll try to link to a round-up of these speeches when/if I find them.
OK, REALLY LAST UPDATE! Links to bloggers covering the after-lunch speakers here.
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