Here is a preview of BloggerCon and a taste of the Varieties of Blogging Experience.
Elizabeth Spiers has been called “the Dave Eggers of the Blogolution.” A child of small-town Alabama, she graduated from Duke and took a run at Wall Street in the bubble years, tried blogging on her own and then backed into a paid gig with Nick Denton’s Gawker. She quickly became the empress of New York gossip, the “snark queen” and personification of “Radical Manhattanism.” Blogging for Ms. Spiers is a sort of high-style and humorous narrowcasting to the media and financial hive. It’s “Conde-Nastiness” about social climbers and start-up wrecks, starring and/or trashing the likes of Tina Brown, Alec Baldwin, Bill O’Reilly and Madeline Albright. She will be refining and extending the art next with New York Magazine, on the page and in the mag’s new blog titled The Kicker.
Jim Moore is more like a smarter, richer, equally earnest version of me. He had a hugely successful run in the Nineties as a business consultant and critical visionary (as in his book The Death of Competition: Leadership and Strategy in the Age of Business Ecosystems, from HarperBusiness, 1996). His on-going study of information technology and democratic development is focused on Ghana. Last April, early in the war with Iraq, Jim wrote a debut blog that drew worldwide attention and comment and bears rereading today. The Second Superpower Rears its Beautiful Head is about the peace coalition that President Bush chose to ignore.
“The beautiful but deeply agitated face of this second superpower is the worldwide peace campaign, but the body of the movement is made up of millions of people concerned with a broad agenda that includes social development, environmentalism, health, and human rights. This movement has a surprisingly agile and muscular body of citizen activists who identify their interests with world society as a whole—and who recognize that at a fundamental level we are all one.”