On Oct. 5, 2018, the 43rd president of the United States died at age 72, according to Greil
Marcus. Have a look at Georgie Boy’s obit. It’s a killer. Coincidentally, Leon Freilich asks, “Did I see
you at the inauguration turning your back to King Gorge?” And answers:
Blogging’s really not that new,
Dating back to Thomas Paine;
He championed the
cause of liberty
In a pamphlet attacking British reign.
“Common Sense,” which Paine self-published,
Forty-seven stirring pages,
model for today’s bloggers,
Creating a medium for the ages.
That sums things up nicely for the moment (more later about Georgie Boy’s inaugural
address) and also relates to Blogging, Journalism & Credibility, the blog conference that
Harvard has been hosting this weekend. (Click the link and listen to a live audio stream of the
sessions. They’ve been terrific so far. Although most of the conference is over by now, tune in
anyway. The next session, a free-for-all, begins at 1:30 p.m. ET. After the conference ends, an
archived audio link will be posted here.)
Read about the conference here. The participants include many of the usual suspects — Jill
Abramson, Jack Shafer, Jeff Jarvis, Alex Jones, Tom Rosenstiel, Orville Schell, John Palfrey, Joe
Trippi, Dave Winer — and plenty of others worth hearing. Thank you, Rebecca MacKinnon, for all the info.