Jun
2008

another pro-twitter post

Yes, I know I go on and on about Twitter, but even when it has its issues [can you say Fail Whale?], it’s still the place people keep coming back to [even after this week’s mini-exodus to Plurk!]

For reasons why people like me love the microblogging service, check out this video, which was created by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. After “he asked his following — through Twitter, of course — to reply with the reasons they love the popular social network, more than 100 people responded in the first two hours…”

Another article that came out this week praising Twitter’s interconnective nature is “Radical Interdependence and Online Telepathy: How Twitter Helps Us Find One Another.” This one, for obvious reasons, is inspiring to me, not only because it highlights NOLA but because on my last trip home I met with it’s featured personality Evelyn [aka eve11]. Much like the author’s encounter with Evelyn, mine was also inspiring. We talked about her tsunami survival, writing [she described blogging as writing to people, not the page”], New Orleans, and her plans to share lessons in social media with the Bywater neighborhood. I even donated my OLPC XO for her to have more machines to work with. I certainly wasn’t using it, so why not?

In fact, we connected on Twitter to discuss this exchange minutes after I tweeted this. One month after that tweet, here she is tweeting on my XO!

xoeve11

If you’re still not getting what Twitter is about, go read Palmer’s [aka @TRUE] article on Evelyn! It speaks of more of these “telepathic” moments, which to me demonstrate a wonderful fusion of web 2.0, genuine people, and a passion for place.

Jun
2008

publius project

I’m proud to share the link to the essay I recently wrote in response to Dan Gillmor’s “Principles of New Media.” It has been published as part of the publius project, which is a Berkman Center blog-site featuring “essays and conversations about constitutional moments on the Net.”

Having Gillmor as my advisor last summer when I was at Harvard for the OII Summer Doctoral Programme was inspiring, and it was great to get his feedback on my dissertation project. As I’ve been writing the past 8 months or so, I have often been skeptical about what new media genres can really do in terms of social change, but at the heart of my work will always be an appreciation for the writing and recovering that is happening in New Orleans quite independently of established channels.

New Orleanians like myself are a passionate people very much attached to our humid bohemian city, and the more my scholarly work and their blogs can remind the world that “we are not OK,” the more I hope people will take notice.

I hope you enjoy the essay and do leave comments!