I just applied for a Kos account this evening. I have to wait 24 hours for
it to be activated, but I thought it would be fun to watch this playout.
Have a look through Civilities before you make any judgments...
I'd love to hear more about how Kos users feel about the site. I am all for
the netroots-- and figuring out how to improve them. That's why I do. I
really admire what Josh Marshall does, and I really admire MyDD. It's just
taking a really long time for the Daily Kos to manifest its values to me.
Maybe it's an acquired taste.
The only thing I like better is luring unsuspecting right-wingnuts into my
site. I try to be like David Brooks of the left, but Brooks is a complete
party hack sometimes.
If you want to get a sense of how I rated "right-wing" bloggers, check out
how I gauged their reactions to the Tsunami:
http://civilities.net/OPW-Tsunami. The reactions of Hewitt, Jarvis, Malkin
et al were mostly horrid.
As for the conference. It's pretty wide open. I've been invited as an
observer, maybe because of my research, maybe because I asked nicely. I'm
submitting a paper to online, since submissions are open to anyone. That
doesn't mean that they'll even get to it.
I had the Kos analysis done during Christmas week. Kos was on vacation so I
held it. I had other things to do during the last few weeks, so it's still
on hold. And I've learned a lot more in the last few weeks.
Feel free to quote what you will on the Kos forum about me.
To fully appreciate dailykos, you have to interact with the community and see it firsthand. Let me know when you can start posting and I will write a diary and let you interact with people there and discuss whatever you want. I'm pretty sure you will be surprised.
His 2nd e-mail:
I'm mostly trying to understand these sites as an outsider, since that's how
most people, I would think, access this site.
I'm trying to understand how people perceive Kos as:
a) an instution
b) a pundit/analyst
c) an observer/fact-finder
Also, how much of your experience on DailyKos depends on Kos himself? If he
were not there-- such as the last week of December-- would you carry on much
Odd how few people on the discussion seemed to have made any attempt to
learn more about me.
I explained that I had looked at his site and wasn't able to get a good read on him from it and that people here were wary because he seemed to be an apologist for Teachout. He responded with:
You had much to go on my looking at Civilities. Most of what I write is long essays, but I don't think that's an excuse not to get a sense of who I am.
Well, it was nice to have made contact with you. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by what I've written over the year. I also have done the research on the 60 Minutes story, and how the blogosphere (particularly the conservative side of it) was given way too much credit on it. Thought you might find it interesting.
Well, my account goes live at 11pm. Feel free to use the thread or the diary, to air any information I have sent to you that I can't yet post on Kos.
I think Garfunkel is a little too full of himself but that his intentions aren't bad. I agreed to give him a chance to interact with the community here because I think that is the only way to really get a feel for the site. He mentioned that he should be able to post starting at 11pm, so I wrote this diary to give him a chance to interact with peeps here. I hope he shows up and talks to some of you.