Laura Barcella is a former associate editor at AlterNet. Her writing has appeared in the Village Voice, Salon.com, and the anthology BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine.
BlogHer convention, part 3: Identity blogs. How to be careful in your writing while also being candid; how to deal with the risks of being <b>too</b> honest (i.e. stalkers, flamers), and addressing the question of narcisissm.
My first <a href="http://www.blogher.org">BlogHer</a> panel dissects red and blue echo chambers (i.e. how can we make them talk to each other?); race and ethnicity in the blogosphere; the 'parrotsphere' and why it's useless; strategies for making political analysis more palatable to culture at large.
Tomorrow I'll spend my whole (hopefully sunny) Saturday in Santa Clara, CA at <a href="http://www.blogher.org/">BlogHer</a>, the first-ever convention of women bloggers. I'll also be live-blogging from the event. Are you excited? I am.
Blogger Solari Ekine of <a href="http://okrasoup.typepad.com/black_looks/2005/07/we_are_not_whal.html">Black Looks</a> writes, 'It is as if people so much want to believe that Geldof's agenda for Africa has and will make a difference that they cannot see the wood for the trees...'
I'm torn about Oprah. I mean, if Hermes <i>really was</i> closed, it's slightly obnoxious for her to have tried to get in. But the best thing to come out of the whole debacle is the dialogue it's sparked about consumers & race.