by Chris Bowers, Tue Jun 06, 2006 at 09:21:26 AM EDT
Today, I am proud to announce that I will be moderating two panels at Yearly Kos. The first panel, "Blogosphere Experts," will take place on Saturday, June 10th, at 10:10 am Las Vegas time. The second panel, "Surveying the netroots," will also take place on Saturday, but at 2:45 p.m. Las Vegas time.
Blogosphere Experts: 6/10, 10:10 a.m.
The Blogosphere Experts panel will draw together some of the leading progressive minds on "blog theory" today: Matt DeBergalis of Act Blue, Peter Daou of the Daou Report, Matt Stoller of MyDD, and Tim Tagaris of the Lamont campaign. We will open the panel by tackling some of the biggest questions in blog theory:
- 1) The relationship between larger, national blogs, and smaller, local blogs. Is there a progressive, political blogger aristocracy? How do blogs achieve influence in the first place? Has the insider / outsider relationship between the netroots and the progressive establishment been replicated within the progressive political blogopshere?
- 2) Has the progressive netroots left the conservative netroots behind?. Although progressives were not political trailblazers online, of late it seems as though the progressive netroots has greatly surpassed the conservative netroots in terms of influence, audience, and political efficacy. What are the causes for this?
- 3) The Future of the Blogosphere in the Progressive Movement. To what extent has the blogosphere already connected with the progressive establishment, and to what degree is that likely to continue? In terms of coalition building, who are the most likely allies of the netroots in the new, emerging progressive movement? Has the progressive netroots plateaued in power and influence? What are the next steps for the blogosphere and the netroots?
Surveying the Netroots: 6/10, 2:45 pm
Yearly Kos will not just be a blog and netroots frenzy--it will also be a media frenzy. With roughly one media credential for every eight conference participants, we can expect that this conference will go a long way toward defining the narrative on the netroots in the established news media. By revealing the results of a brand new poll on the netroots, this panel seeks to ground that discussion in research rather than anecdotes.
Previous studies on the netroots, conducted by Pew and Blogads, have given people, both inside and outside the netroots, a significant amount of information on the demographics, media consumption habits, and activist engagement of the netroots. However, what no survey to date has addressed in detail is the strategic outlook of the netroots. What strategic advice does the netroots have for the Democratic Party and the progressive movement? Considering that the netroots are filled with political activists, this is certainly a group of questions that should be asked.
I have spent the last two months putting just such a survey together, and in this panel I will proudly reveal the results. Along with Tom Matzzie of MoveOn, Mark Blumenthal of Mystery Pollster, and James Boyce of the Huffington Post, this panel will discuss all research that has been conducted on the netroots to date. All those interesting in finding out who really composes the netroots--especially the political strategy they outline for the progressive movement--should attend this session. This has the potential to change the way people think about progressive political activists online.
(Note: conducting this survey will cost BlogPac $7,000, and that is if I do not receive a single dime for my efforts in putting it together. Along with assisting Matt Stoller's tireless efforts on Net Neutrality, this is one of the two major reasons we are currently conducting a fundraiser for BlogPac on MyDD. Under its new management, BlogPac is now focused on defending the netroots and enhancing its political capabilities. BlogPac is for the netroots, and from the netroots. Please support us today, and join us in our efforts.)
With a caucus on Thursday evening, a workshop on Friday morning, and another panel on Friday afternoon, I will be a busy, busy boy at Yearly Kos. And that doesn't even count the media appearances, parties, and other gatherings. This is going to be one amazing weekend, and I can't wait for it to all get started. See you in Las Vegas!