April 11, 2009

Can the Afrosphere Survive the Age of Obama?

I have never attended the SXSW conference. However, I did follow the twitter traffic and some of the post-conference discussions from some prominent Black bloggers around the nation. I plan to attend next year.

One of the panel discussions this year had a provocative title: 'Can the Afrosphere Survive the Age of Obama?' Soulclap to Curious Tribe for pointing us to this video in which anel moderator Denise Jacobs shares insights about the panel. Check it out...





I do hope that BDPA technology conferences in the future will include workshops geared towards bloggers. I look for continued growth and maturity of the afrosphere over the coming weeks and months. Groups like the AfroSpear should be an active part of the process.

7 comments:

msladydeborah said...

Interesting interview.

As a member of Afrospear, I think that we will define who are as time goes by and what our presence will be on the net.

For the moment what the outcome may be now that Obama is the POTUS remains to seen. I feel that the reality many AA's still face will not move as quickly as some people think that it will. There are still a lot of issues that we contend with that need a change of direction.

I question that if we do a total blend then we will weaken our postion during those times when it is obvious that race is the issue at hand.

Of course if this were truly a post racial society at this point in time then we would be experiencing the benefits of that attitude. In reality we know that we are just beginning to sow the seeds of this mindset. And it is not easy since we are still dealing with problems that have existed for decades in our communities.

Villager said...

Lady D - Have you attended (m)any blogging conferences? I've only attended the Blogging While Brown conference last year. However, it seems that these conferences are great places for networking and forward-thinking bloggers.

Anyhow, I think your take on the post-election blogging experience for Black bloggers is on point. One thing that I've noticed is that the Obama-related blog posts are more nuanced than during the election. So many more directions to head ... not just the horse race between him & Clinton or him & McCain...

Monica Roberts said...

There's more of a need now for the Afrosphere than before the election.

We're needed to call out the batshit crazy lies that Faux News and their friends are engaging in.

We still need to call out that fact that this ISN'T a post-racial nation and we have much work to do on race relations.

We need to work to promote, lift each other up and make the Afrosphere a much stronger voice for progressive change, and do a better job of supporting each other.

Villager said...

Monica - Your point is well taken. I must admit that I don't watch the Fox entertainment shows (Hannity, O'Reilly et al). However, I do enjoy the Brent Baier weekday evening panel discussions and the Sunday morning Fox talking heads. I think it is good to hear what these folks have to say...

msladydeborah said...

I haven't attended any confrences yet. I am trying to work out how to attend Blogging While Brown since it is in Chicago. I'll know more soon about that possibility.

It seems to me that we have an opportunity to have impact regarding the Obama Administration's performance. I believe that when praise is correct it should be given and when it is time to be critical we should do so on the issues.

What I am beginning to see is this all out assault from the conservative base. This is not just happening on the MSM shows, it is also visible on line. This is where I believe we have an advantage because we can keep it real and bring things in line from our perspective.

Monica Roberts said...

Villager, Deborah
Yes we in the Afrosphere do have the ability and the voices to counter the Right Wing Noise Machine's blogosphere component.

Villager said...

Lady D and Monica - Let's keep using our blogs to shine the light on rightwing wingnuts when appropriate ... and let's continue to anaylze Obama's administration for the good, the bad and the ugly. I hope to see you both at the BWB Conference. I'm trying to figure out a way to be there as well...