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Readers, how do we publicize ourselves to the Occupiers and the indignants?

The Other Elizabeff's post on Paris coverage to come really brought it home to me that Corrente is punching far, far above its weight in Occupation coverage. We've had reporting from the ground in New York, San Francisco, Sacramento, Austin, and we're about to have Paris! To rephrase Humphrey Bogart slightly.

However, I'm guessing, that as a long-time, long-form blog -- and a foul-mouthed left blog at that -- we are (a) not scaling out even to media that still do reporting, and that (b) we are not scaling out to the..., oh, let's just go ahead and call them younger Occupiers and indignados from whom we are, surely by pure coincidence MR SUBLIMINAL Not!, divided partly by style (class and cultural markers), and partly by responsibilities (to family members, especially), and partly by our "class year."* But "all walks of life" can learn from each other, and "all walks of life" must be able to participate if the Occupations are to be successful.

So, how do we scale out horizontally to communicate in more media with more Occupiers? (Noting, again, that as our reporting shows, we are already participating).

One way, surely, is to use the social media we have (until diaspora takes off). If you have a twitter account, you, reader, can tweet any post. Just log into your twitter account, click on the twitter icon below any post, and away you go! And if you have a FaceBorg account, you, reader, can "like" any post. The same goes for Reddit, and all the other Social Media sites in the cute little icons below every Corrente post.

But surely there are other techniques? I'm not a public relations expert. Readers?

NOTE * That is, I really started to follow American politics when the Rs impeached Clinton over a blowjob; first-time voters in 2008 could not have been aware of that history. So my views of the Clinton administration are a little different from the views of those who were involved in the passage of NAFTA. And in regards to the Ds, I'm in the "Class of 2008," in that I only abandoned them in that year. Others abandoned them earlier, so their perspective is necessarily different. All this would not matter if there were an intertemporal or cross-generational narrative into which all this mosaic pieces could fit. But there isn't, yet, and our sociopathic stupid and/or evil 1% will do it's sclerotic best to make sure there isn't one.

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Submitted by MsExPat on

..seems to be the magic formula now.

I agree that blogs are no longer the dominant form of online discourse--at least "blogs" as we knew them in, say, 2007. Most people I know don't check into particular blogs day in and day out.

But they do read them--or at least they read specific articles that they've been alerted to via FB or Twitter

Twitter seems to be thriving--at least among my cohorts--as a curating tool. Most of the articles, videos, and blogs that I find, I find through Twitter.

FB, especially after the crappy re-design, seems to be turning into a lightweight scrapbook where people put up personal photos to show to friends.

Anyway, my point is that what draws readers today is compelling original content--which may be strong personal writing or analysis, or live reporting/curating. But blogging to spark long discussions/flame wars, etc.--that is over.

Submitted by lambert on

... It seems to be rolling along at Kos.

I don't see how it's possible to have a long discussion on twitter. Am I missing something?

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Submitted by MsExPat on

works for me like Instapaper, or Long Reads. The people that I follow are the ones who link to articles, videos and other coverage that's interesting to me. If you're not Lady Gaga or some other celebrity, I think that is the way you build up your twitter cred.

Almost all of the good stuff I find about #ows has been through links on my twitter feeds.

Re: the old skool blog model: I can't really speak about the subject of Daily Kos because I haven't gone there in 5 years or more. But my very trusty Zeitgeist barometer tells me that this model is on the down-tick. The behemoths, like Kos and Greenwald, and FDL, will continue--but it is a dead-end model.

I think we're moving in a couple of different directions at once now: mini-Tumblr blogs of quick hits, "pop-up" news blogs that cover breaking events, either live or through curation or both, and blogs that present longer form, compelling original content. I think Corrente has been hitting hard in both of these latter categories. The MSM essays by Joe, Tony Wikrent's terrific stuff, Hugh's analysis of job statistics, etc. The live coverage of Egypt, OWS, Puerta del Sol. What makes Corrente even more powerful is that the POV here is a refreshing change from both the MSM and the A list blogs.

Mind you, I have absolutely no empirical evidence to back up my instincts. But I do trust my instincts. The next wave of online discourse is going to have to transform itself to match the dynamic of the new politics being crafted by the Occupy/Indignados generation.