Monday, August 09, 2004

Dakota Blog Alliance Conference

A New Populism?

Blogs, Politics, and the Media in South Dakota

A Conference Sponsored by the Dakota Blog Alliance
Augustana College. Madsen 201
August 14, 2004

Democracy is best practiced by citizens with access to multiple and varying sources of information. In recent years, as national debates about the perils of media concentration and media bias have become intense, the issue of access to reliable political information in South Dakota has become prominent. Some argue that independent citizens who have embraced internet blogging as a method to circumvent media concentration and bias constitute a new form of populism, an important strain of South Dakota political culture. This conference seeks to address some of those issues. Everyone is welcome to attend and consider the issues presented.

9:30 AM: Welcome and Introduction

9:35 AM: “Are Blogs a New Form of Populism?” Jon Lauck

10:00 AM: “The Press's Role in the Public Sphere” John Miller

10:30 AM: “South Dakota Media: An Insider’s View” Greg Belfrage

11:15 AM: “The Dakota Blogs and the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:
Beyond Conventional Wisdom” Jason Van Beek

12:15: Lunch Break

1:30 PM: KEYNOTE: “The Rise of Blogs and Their Impact on the Media and Politics”

John Hinderaker

2:30 PM: “Where Can I Buy Ink By The Barrel?” Kristi Golden

3:15 PM: “Why I Blog” Steve Sibson

3:45 PM: “The Possibilities and Limitations of Independent Media” Peter Curtis

4:15 PM: Roundtable Discussion

5:30 PM: Adjourn to “Long Shots” Restaurant


At August 10, 2004 at 9:57 AM, Blogger Sparky said...

This conference sounds sweet! You should get C-SPAN to cover it....


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