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3 Inches From Stardom*

I went to see Blogumentary last night. It’s showing as part of the City Pages Get Real Documentary Film Festival. I can’t explain it much better than the website does, so read it for the deets. In short, in case you couldn’t tell, it’s a documentary about blogging, made by Minnesota’s own Chuck Olsen.

I wore my Blogger sweatshirt. I was, like, the only one.

I spent some time looking around the theater before the film started wondering who in the audience was a blogger themselves. And really, it’s darn near impossible to tell. Because anybody could have one, and you hardly ever know what most bloggers look like anyway.

I thought Chuck did a pretty good job of capturing the idea of what blogging is and the phenomenon that it’s become. The political stuff, the personal stuff, the interaction and the relationships people develop, blogs as a grassroots organizational tool and a communication medium. I recognized a lot of the folks he mentioned and screenshots he showed. It was clever. It was funny. He talked about Plain Layne being a man, Dan Rather and the false documents, Trent Lott’s resignation, bloggers getting married, and the Howard Dean campaign, amongst other things.

I’m curious to know what non-bloggers thought of it. I heard one guy on the street afterward mention that he thought he ought to get himself a blog. My thought was, “You don’t have one already?”

Chuck’s got his thoughts on last night up. I was sitting in the second row, just to the right of where the audience picture ends. Chuck addressed the audience afterward. The emcee kept doing this strange lunging thing, like he was ready to take off up the aisle at any moment. It was weird.

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