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Archive for May, 2004

Power of Blogs in Causing Media Change

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

Online Journalism Review article, To Their Surprise, Bloggers Are Force for Change in Big Media, is worth a read.

A Community Blog Gets Some Press

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

One of the community sites we watch is, which chronicles what’s happening in Northfield, Minnesota. We watch it because Griff Wigley, our technical guru and civic organizing consultant, is the mastermind behind it and because it is innovative.
Today it got touted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune (registration required) in a story about a [...]

Pew e-Democracy Poll Results Posted

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004

Here is one item from the report How Americans Get in Touch With Government from the Pew Internet & American Life series:
Internet users were explicitly asked whether they had ever used the Internet or email to try to change a government policy or affect a politician’s vote. About one-third (30%) said they had done [...]

North Carolina Paper Offers Free Blogs to Candidates

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004

The Herald-Sun and in Durham, North Carolina, have offered all local candidates the opportunity to have a weblog during the election period. There are about 100 candidates and so far about eight have accepted the offer.
Thanks to Jeff Jarvis for the pointer.

Audience Supported Blogger Returns to Iraq

Monday, May 24th, 2004

Christopher Allbritton is back in Iraq. In
He refers to himself as the “crazy bastard trying to cover the war” and notes that he’s acquired a following of 35,000 readers who have sent him more than $20,000 to keep his blog,, afloat.
Here’s the start of today’s post at his blog Back to Iraq:
Sorry [...]