How to Participate

Some feedback has indicated that this WordPress blog has some user-interface issues and it’s not clear how to post comments. Though this could be an whole subject of discussion in itself, let me try to clarify a few UI issues here:


(1) Click on the Blue headlines on the Blog page and you will see the full post with a comment box in the lower part of the page.

(2) Even though there are field boxes asking you for your Name, Email and Website, you do not need to provide any of these items. Just write your thoughts and Submit.

(3) Some of your comments maybe held for approval because of an WordPress anti-spam filter, however I check it regularly and approve any pending comments.

(4) You can create an account to and upload a picture, if you log-on you can see all your comments and manage with nifty wordpress tools.

(5) You can also comment on a comment. Click on any of the recent comments on the right column, and you’ll see a box for comment on the lower part of the page.

By all means, check back once in while and please post as many ideas as you’d like. Hopefully the discussion will continue to grow 🙂 If you think this subject is not interesting/important/has no impact or don’t understand the terminology, that is actually an important point too!


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  1. The line between old and new media is obviously shifting. But blogs and “traditional” media fill different roles. Fellow journalists I know tend to think of blogs as sketchpads, bulletin boards, the water cooler. Two water cooler-like blogs that have shown UGC can work in the media space are the Huffington Post and In the case of Thoseresponsible, to which I occasianally post, an administrator who knows and trusts his writers allows direct posting to the site. He merely eyeballs the content and off it goes. While it’s only been around for a few months, it’s up to something like 20,000 hits a day. However, while it’s a blog, the contributors are almost all established magazine and newspaper writers who volunteer their time for the benefit of the site, which is lighthearted.

    As for hard news, anonymous bloggers sitting alone at home are just not going to be filing from real places where seasoned journalists filing stories as a public service face real dangers.
    Like Syria, where a friend of mine just went on a dangerous assignment from which she thankfully returned unscathed. And, it goes without saying, bloggers are just not subject to the same rules of disclosure and decorum as journalists working under the purview of editors and ombudsmen.

    There are a handful of UGC sites out there that move beyond snark and entertainment into the realm of utility. I’m thinking of Stereogum, for one.

    Here’s an analysis of the blogger/UGC/old-v-new NYC media culture in that recently got people talking.

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