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Blogging 3.0

Quo Vadis again again

Blogging 1.0 often replaced the plethora of special purpose forums that were apparently everywhere.

Blogging 2.0 consisted of some special-purpose sites, but the real blogosphere was comprised of many sites very much like The Agonist: covering a wide range of topics, multiple viewpoints, meaningful (and sometimes heated) discussion, generally outside of and frequently in opposition to the MSM.

It seems to me it’s time to ask, “What will Blogging 3.0 bring?” As has been noted elsewhere, the drop-off in activity is not limited to The Agonist but blogs with a specialized focus are still healthy. Generalized blogs are either attached to some other money-making entity, independently funded or dependent on reader contributions.
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Allow me to introduce myself.

Profile picture of Jeff Wegerson

I’m a second generation Chicagoan. Live on the north side and work on the west side. I was around in the 70’s as a hippy. What little of Marx I understood then I liked. So when governments are democratic l tend to prefer them especially, of course, over corporations. My standards for democracy are extremely high. At the moment I don’t really count the plutocratic U.S. I believe that the bigger an organization is the more regulations it needs to follow. To me “to big to fail” means way more than big enough to nationalize.

I miss the diary system here at the Agonist….

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A possible solution for keeping the Agonist alive and kicking

This is what Jeff wrote:

I agree with Steeleweed that there is quite a bit of work needed to keep it going and I agree with Collins that many hands make light work. And I would hope that Hynd would stick around enough to remind us every now and then of the realities that he is aware of from this last years experience.

Is the community strong enough to pull it all off? I really don’t know but I am up for trying to find out.

I would like to suggest the following:

The Agonist community consists of many great minds as is evident from the numerous thoughtful and intelligent comments made to the varied articles. The lack of having a diary in which to better explain one’s views continues to be a sore point. However, there is a solution for this.

Anyone interested in having their article posted on the front page can email their essay to me and I will place it on the front page for you, with proper acknowledgement, of course. I will not edit your essays as  English is not my mother tongue and I continue to be grammatically challenged. Maybe steeleweed would be the better person to take this on or it could be a combined effort as I enjoy including photos to add some “oomph” to the front page.

I believe that contributions from a multitude of great minds will keep the Agonist vibrant, meaningful and above all, a ‘true’ community effort.

Finally, as some of you have indicated, Tina would always be welcome back to add her own astute observations and to add some much needed lightheartedness.

So what do you think?



Agonist On WP Update

Responding to pressure from regular readers (o.k., from moley) here’s an update on the state of play with the ongoing upgrades at The Agonist.

We’ve decided to keep the current comments interface in place for now, until and unless we find a better plug-in. It’s a bit buggy in some browsers, especially the “reply” function doesn’t always work – but it’s still better than having to do everything in html. We’ve added some color to links, in headlines and on hover on internal links, to make it easier to identify hyperlinks in the text of posts. Two longstanding members of the backroom team took the opportunity to step out recently, and we’ll sorely miss both Tina and the other, anonymous, moderator. They were both awesome team members I valued greatly, but both had their reasons for stepping out and I am not one to argue with someone who has decided its time for a change. We’ve added a couple of new authors and contributors to the team but I’m still looking for one or maybe two editorial authors who can contribute regular opinion and analysis posts for the front page as well as a more regular Newswire post-maker to back up Raja.

The two main issues going forward remain the missing Forums and the way member Profiles don’t synch up. We believe this is a problem with the Buddypress plug-in not liking our imported data and we’re trying to fix it, but it’s not going to happen overnight. A fix will certainly involve de-installing Buddypress, re-intalling it, and seeing what else breaks. We’d rather that not happen to the actual site so it’ll be done on a test site. It also requires Bob “polizeros” Morris’ active involvement as our WP tech, and unfortunately Bob is busy on a couple of database transfer projects for his day-job, which make him actual money. he’s giving us all the time he can, but serious progress on these items will have to wait a couple of weeks.

That’s the current state of play. Over to you, Agonists: tell us your opinions, report bugs we don’t already know about from previous bug-catching threads, or just lambast me for poor management. This is an open thread.