Progressive blogosphere diversity open thread
by Shai Sachs, Fri Jun 22, 2007 at 10:17:51 AM EDT
My ongoing series on blogosphere diversity continues this week! If you haven't seen it before, over the last few weeks I've been soliciting suggestions for good blogs written by women and/or minorities, and reviewing the resulting suggestions here.
The goal of this series is to encourage MyDD readers to follow, comment on, blogroll, link to, and otherwise shower blogosphere love on these women and/or minority bloggers. This series is not about political correctness; it is about simple pragmatics. As a movement, we will never be effective unless we are constantly seeking out, responding to, and incorporating arguments and ideas from a broad cross-spectrum of ideas. Like everyone else, bloggers have a tendency to circulate with their own kind; so we need to pro-actively seek out other points of view.
I hope this series is effective in broadening our perspective, but I'm certainly willing to entertain ideas for making it better and more effective. One thing that I might like to try is thematic weeks - where I solicit, and subsequently review, women and minority bloggers who focus on a particular topic, like religion or education. Let me know what you think of that idea, or any others you might have, in the comments.
First, a few excellent aggregators and other resources for women and minority bloggers (also recommended in the previous diversity open threads):
- BlogHer, an association and conference for women bloggers. This year the conference is in Chicago, just before Yearly Kos.
- http://www.bloggingresources.pbwiki.com/ , a wiki set up by my co-weekend front pager Mike Connery for his day job at The Opportunity Agenda. It's a wiki listing, in Mike's words, "all the black/racial justice blogs, immigrant blogs, human rights blogs, etc." that he could find. The password is in the comments of my first diversity open thread. Very comprehensive.
- Democratic Black Bloggers is a LeftyBlogs-style aggregator for Democratic black bloggers.
- RSSpect is a general-purpose aggregator for black bloggers, covering a wide range of topics. It's been making the rounds and appears to be quite popular. It's got a sleek and wonderful design. The categories include professional development/pop culture, global/alternative perspectives, and politics.
- At DailyKos, DrSteveB wrote White Kossacks Should Read Some Black Blogs, a comprehensive list of 22 blogs. The diary started as a memorial to Steve Gilliard, and became a follow-up on earlier diaries about why white bloggers should read black bloggers. The blogs DrSteveB lists are political and, as far as I can
- The AfroSpear PageFlakes, which I found via Jack and Jill Politics, is a fascinating application of a tool I'd never heard of before. It's a site which looks, more or less, like a newspaper with a number of columns - each column is prepopulated by a black blogger. It's interesting reading and, if you're the type of person who likes messing around with Web 2.0 tools, it's definitely worth checking out. Jack and Jill are featured on the Politics and Opinion page. (You might remember Jill Tubman from her previous stint as a front pager here.)
And now, on to the recommended blogs from the last couple of posts, again, sorted in alphabetic order by blog title (sorta). Today's batch has a distinctly Midwestern flavor!
- A Bluestem Prairie, written by fellow MyDD front pager Sally Jo Sorensen, writing on that blog as Ollie Ox. This blog focuses on the MN-01 district, represented by Democrat Tim Walz. This is a great blog. It's got lots of fresh content, it's written well, and it discusses the activities of Rep. Walz in pretty good detail. When election time comes around, this blog will be one of the most important sources of information for people researching Rep. Walz. I wish we had 435 blogs just like this one.
- Bleeding Heartland, co-written by MyDD reader desmoinesdem, is an Iowa blog built on SoapBlox. There's been a lot of focus on presidential politics from an Iowa perspective on the front page recently, with some content related to state issues (sales tax, recent immigration raids, etc.)
- Essential Estrogen covers Iowa issues from a woman's perspective (two women, actually: Lynda Waddington and Paige T). There's a surprising amount of non-presidential-related content, which I certainly appreciate. Recent topics include the new president of U of Iowa, ethanol discounts, and Sen. Harkin's email about the stem cell research veto. This is a sharply-focused blog, and well worth a read from Iowans.
- The Disputed Truth is written by Rodney Knott, an Orthodox Christian, IT professional, Afrosphere participant, and (apparently) John Edwards fan. Knott lives in Kansas City, MO, and blogs about a variety of topics at the state and federal level (recent topics including the War on Drugs and voting rights), with a huge dose of foreign affairs. The analysis is sharp and the pieces are long, but worth it. Rodney Knott also maintains another blog, Fornication: Our Dark Little Secret; as you can imagine, it's very socially conservative, and I personally don't agree with the premise.
That's it for now - I've got a few more in my pipeline that will be reviewed next weekend. In the meantime, feel free to suggest others below!