This series is dedicated to the proposition that Blogging is a prime example of the saying "Variety is the Spice of Life".
Let's get to the good stuff!
I know I said the next edition was gonna be on Turkey Day, but this is special.
A new Website has debuted today, and it's a cause for celebration!
The idea of innovative ideas flowing freely through the collaborative environment of the internet has come to the Bloggerverse.
The Website is called OPEN SOURCE MEDIA, and it has ambitions to become one of the most important resources online for Bloggers, and those who read them.
It begins life with $3.5 million in private financing.
What is it?
The open source ethos helped drive the great boom in information technology that made the internet ubiquitous in the 90s and led to the creation of over 20 million personal weblogs--or blogs--in the first half of the oughts...
OSM’s mission is to expand the influence of weblogs by finding and promoting the best of them, providing bloggers with a forum to meet and share resources, and the chance to join a for-profit network that will give them additional leverage to pursue knowledge wherever they may find it. From academics, professionals and decorated experts, to ordinary citizens sitting around the house opining in their pajamas, our community of bloggers are among the most widely read and influential citizen journalists out there, and our roster will be expanding daily. We also plan to provide a bridge between old media and new, bringing bloggers and mainstream journalists—more and more of whom have started to blog—together in a debate-friendly forum.
The Advisory Board is an impressive mixed bag of political perspectives, with Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, as Chairman.
I think this shows that co-operation in the Bloggerverse is possible while at the same time the Left, and Right, can still throw spitballs at each other within the confines of individual Blogs. ;-D
Know what a Blogjam is?
I didn't until I learned about it on this website:
What happens when you throw experts, media professionals and bloggers into a virtual room together and let them hash out the issues of the day? That's the essence of the OSM blogjam, where the blogosphere meets the mainstream.
Cool! They have had 2 so far, and plan more.
Read them here.
The main page of the site has links to top news stories by the Mainstream Media, a heads up about the most recent Blogjam, A highlight of a story by a Blogger, and a way to chose from 25 Top Contributors.
Also on the page is a sidebar with links to other parts of the site, including archives.
The Official Press Release says in part:
Today, Open Source Media will detail its plan to become the new meeting ground for thoughtful opinion and news online, and a unique home for the growing movement of citizen journalism that will include important webloggers from across the world with mainstream media journalists sympathetic to its goals.
"Our most important goal is openness via the free and respectful exchange of ideas expressed through citizen journalists, coupled with a dedication to honesty and the truth," said co-founder, noted screenwriter and blogger Roger L. Simon. "When we talk about citizen journalism, we mean journalism not created by elites, as in the 'top-down' traditional media, but from the 'bottom-up,' by citizens using their observations and knowledge, informed by a desire to speak honestly. Citizen journalism at its best means the pursuit of the truth above all things, above partisanship or the financial interests of the medium publishing it."
The Website. ( I've also added it to the Desserts Blogroll in my sidebar )
Todays Debut Event was even Blogged. ;-D