The Muppet Show was the best.
The Civil Rights Project… says that the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision upholding race-conscious admissions policies at the University of Michigan’s law school should have been seen as a green light to colleges to continue considering students’ race and ethnicity for the sake of promoting diversity. Instead, the report argues, critics of affirmative action — including many conservative advocacy groups and officials in the Bush administration — have “attempted to interpret the law as if they had won the case” and have managed to pressure many colleges to quietly abandon policies and programs that were within the bounds of the law.
Don’t want to leave BlogHer on a sour note, but this just ain’t right:
last night I went out with a group of women to find a restaurant. We went to this one place (very busy with a line up – all white, upper middle-class folks), and one of the women, Dannie a sista from the Bay area, enquired to see if we could get a table. She was told that the restaurant was sold out. We all thought that the terminology was a bit strange, so another woman (white) from our group went back and asked again. She was told that there was an hour wait if she wanted to come back. So when she came back and reported to Dannie, she stormed over and gave the host that she talked to a piece of her mind (she’s a lawyer), got his card and assured him that she would be filing a complaint the next day.
I’m glad I blogged my bullet point thoughts from yesterday. What always happens at events like this is that I say I’m going to mull something over and come back to it, and then I don’t. So at least there’s something. My biggest takeaways are from talking with folks, anyway.
I feel smart.
I started out with the Taking Your Blog to the Next Level lab. That was frustrating. They wisely divided people up by platform (Movable Type, WordPress, Blogger). People didn’t self-select in terms of beginner/intermediate/advanced, though. I wouldn’t consider myself advanced by any means, but I was trying to explain to a woman how put a border around her images with CSS, and she didn’t even get the basics of what markup tags are, and how HTML and CSS even work. Anyway.
Had lunch with Laina Dawes and Waves Mowatt-Kane from AOL, who’s a program manager for the AOL Developer Network (so most of what she does is way over my head). But we did have a great discussion about how people in different parts of the world use technology and how not just the use of technology, but the whole attitude towards communication and socialization is different between generations.
Just had this thought: Will my website evolve differently if I stop thinking of it as a blog? The response twitter from Gwen Bell is “yes. what about seeing it as an extension of yourself, like an arm? or a letter you write and send out…?” I think I like that idea. Definitely a (I hate to use this word, but…) paradigm shift.
- Comment: Niche blogging and inclusion are at odds with each other.
- Kelly says she a “practice black person” for people who have race questions they’re afraid to ask. Is it a good idea to take offline (safe) conversations to the larger (less safe) audience?
- If you’re, say, a mommyblogger and most of them are white heterosexual women, how do you discuss that and have the conversation go beyond white heterosexual women? You cultivated/attracted that audience, so you should work to change that. But if people don’t signify… ???
- Gena Haskett purposely did not self-identify online, eventually realized that whatever you read is going to have her filter on it anyway and people will infer from that. But she had to become comfortable with her self-identity first.
- Valencia Roner is fantastic at crystallizing the discussion points. (And she went to Michigan! w00t!)
- To have a healthy community, you have to protect your visitors. People shouldn’t have to “armor up” to read the comments.
- “How do people see blogrolling as an extension of their own blog?” People still have blogrolls?
- Malaysian expat noted that all her Malaysian readers stopped reading when she moved to the U.S., finding her unqualified to speak on Malaysian issues. Stumped the audience and panel.
- What kind of responsibility do we have to build diversity into our online communities? The blogroll can be a tool. Making a personally risky post can do it. Purposely reach out to your community (more specifically, the lurkers) and invite them to share.
Did you read where Elizabeth Edwards told Ann Coulter to shut the fuck up (in so many words)? I heard that they asked Hillary Clinton to come and she declined. I think I’m enjoying Elizabeth Edwards more than I would have enjoyed Hillary. Why can’t she be running for president?
And I’m skipping the closing cocktail party at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Meh.
Haven’t taken a lot of photos. Whatever I would have photographed wouldn’t really enhance my recounting of this experience for you. Or help me remember it better. Plus it always takes me forever to get around to uploading photos.
Overall, a very different experience from last year. Not better or worse. Just different.
That’s all I got.