Political blogging open house

Thanks to the good offices of my friend Shane M I’ll be at the Telegraph’s political blogging open house next week.  Looks like Adam will be there as which may mean we can get all South East London on them!

Shane Richmond who’s organising it (and who I understand my be a reader of this blog – waves at Shane) says:

The event will be split into two panel discussions, one about the effect of political blogging on the traditional media and one about the effect of political blogging on politics itself. Then there will be some time for socialising.

I suspect we’ll end up focusing more on the “big beasts” impact than on what I get up to here along side others that interested in the state of Lewisham, but it’ll be an interesting evening in any case.

Personally I’m a bit of a sceptic about the impact of blogs on politics itself.  I’m not saying there hasn’t been, but I think I’d argue that the models we’ve come to accept as ‘political blogging’ are just adding to existing tendencies.

I was listening to the World Service this morning which is celebrating 75 years of programmes, and which this morning chose to highlight the difference that television made to the 1960 presidential debate in the USA; perhaps a key moment in the personalisation of politics, something which ‘political blogging’ tends to have focused on as well.

Still, this gives me the chance to mention that investigative political blogging is no longer just the preserve of the grub street end of the ‘sphere; as Unity, Westmonger, and Tom amongst others are currently doing their best to prove.

Whether this is having any effect on either politics or political journalism I couldn’t possibly tell you.

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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One Response to Political blogging open house

  1. Hello Andrew,

    I am indeed a reader – and have been for a while. The combination of a local blog (I’m in Brockley) and one named after a Sparklehorse song at that was too good to pass up.

    I need to update the post on the work blog – we’re going to do one panel discussion now instead of two. We decided the topics were too close together to separate out.

    I hope you’ll put forward your sceptical view of the impact of political blogs. It should contribute to a lively discussion.

    See you next week.

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