November 25, 2002
Roundup of Conference on Blogging Available on YLS Blog, LawMeme
The Information Society Project at Yale Law School held a conference on Friday, November 22, about blogging, the increasingly prevalent use of usually personal web pages to analyze current events and disseminate opinions (the word "blog" is a contraction of "web log"). And, naturally, the conference was thoroughly blogged.
LawMeme, a blog about law, technology, and policy, also sponsored by the ISP, provided live coverage of the conference, and you can now read about it if you weren't able to attend the event.
Mickey Kaus, the author of the blog Kausfiles, discussed blogging and its role in relation to traditional media. LawMeme paraphrases one of his opening points: "A whole lot of things that used to be thought essential for the practice of journalism turned out to be artifacts of print technology, and those things drop away with new technology."
LawMeme also records some of the musings of Glenn Reynolds '85, the author of the blog Instapundit.com and a law professor at the University of Tennessee, in his keynote address. "Blogs are dynamic: conversations rather than lectures. You can just ask a question, or offer an observation, and then ask, "What do you think?" And you can then solicit opinions, and repost. This raises some questions about libel: given the dynamic nature of the blog, and the constant updates, Reynolds thinks that a correction on a blog should be given much more weight."
The LawMeme coverage also includes links to a number of other bloggers who posted their interpretations of the conference.
Call it "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blog."