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Sunday, October 21, 2007

LA Times Article on Black Bloggers Featuring The Field Negro

The revolution will not be televised, it will be blogged.

Today, the black blogs offer a nearly infinite range of voices. Civic-minded blogs have proliferated on the left and right, a welcome advance for those who have long complained that black opinion can seem monolithic when boiled down in mainstream media. LA TIMES

The LA Times did an article featuring The Field Negro He's a lawyer too. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if a huge portion of the Black blogosphere is made up of lawyers. Blogging and being a lawyer go hand in hand. We love to argue. We love to research. We typically love to write or at least are decent at it ( Typos notwithstanding). Field's routine appears to parallel my own.

I had forgotten that I had spoken to this reporter like two weeks ago. I mainly gave the background information on all the things Black bloggers had accomplished recently and forwarded the reporter on to Eddie, but they threw in a mention of WAOD. This actually turned out to be one of the best pieces I have seen out there on Black bloggers. I thought that when he went so long without writing the article that the reporter had dropped it, but apparently he was doing more research and the result is fabulous.

The reporter captured so many quirks of blogging, including the frequent occurrence of people starting blogs after being booted off of another blogger's site. BLOG WARS! The balancing act many bloggers have to make between work and expressing themselves. How little money is in it, the fact that there does seem to be a passing of the baton or the emergence of a new set of voices that are influencing current events. I like to call it "From the Screens to the Streets." The reporter even captured the part about our non blogging friends and relatives not realizing how HUGE folks think we are online. They don't get it, but I love that because I love not being Gina from What About Our Daughters? Its like being Clark Kent when the computer is off an then all of a sudden you become superman/woman.

I even chuckled that the reporter interviewed Niger Innis to show that when we sit behind our keyboards throwing poisoned arrows at folks that there is a human being on the other end. The reporter captured it all.

I keep telling y'all that 2008 is going to be a big year for the Black Blogosphere.
That is why I am excited about Blogging While Brown in Atlanta next July. If you are a blogger of color or a person who loves to read and comment on blogs you should seriously consider attending. We're coming into our own. Don't you think it's time?