Attended the blog meetup in the evening at Dupree’s pub and bar on Monroe. Unlike previous meetings, today’s crowd was smaller and more non-technical, yielding a different, but nevertheless interesting, set of discussions. These topics included the interaction between news media and blogs, the use of blogs in an educational environment, the use of weblogs as a corporate communication medium, the origins of blogging, and the role of weblogs in social contexts and their regional implications. Of course, not all of our discussions were this serious. And now, the cast of characters:
- Mark Lusher is a returning visitor to the monthly Atlanta Blog Meetup. Mark is now a network administrator at Porter Keadle Moore, LLP, an Atlanta-based accounting firm. We’ve become pretty good friends since our first encounter.
- Carrie Jones is an independent executive TV producer for WSN TV 75141 Studio here in Marietta. She is interested in the merger of media and blogging as a marketing mechanism. Their studio is currently producing The Way of the Martial Arts. Carrie is also a big fan of alternative medicine and maintains the Rejuvenate Your Life web site.
- Charles Tryon is an interesting guy and proves that it’s a small world after all. He’s a professor at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Tech and currently teaches courses on English composition and film history. He also maintains The Chutry Experiment, an online weblog about a variety of academic topics.
- David Lykins tagged along with Carrie, and is a luthier. He designs custom acoustic and electric guitars and dabbles in exotic wood and woodwork. His experience in guitars might come in handy in the future.
- Tammy is a friend of Mark. She is interested in creative writing and in particular wants to start a blog about Southern fiction to express her writing interests to a greater audience.
Mark, Tammy, and I watched Control Room after the meetup in the nearby theatre. It’s a documentary about the news agency Al-Jazeera and the media spin put forth by both sides of the war. There’s a lot of interesting information and it’s worth a watch.