Tomorrow… July 16th (or in a few hours in Singapore time) will be the first ever Singaporean bloggers convention aptly names Blogger.SG It’s supposedly organized by grassroots of the local blogosphere and I say “supposedly” because the convention is mostly run by popular “celebrity-like” bloggers, which The Long-Tail of bloggers feel that such does not truly represent the true blogging community. This is of course, argueable. Jim shares his perspective on this issue by comparing conference agendas of Blogger.SG vs. BloggerCon III. While Blogger.SG has indeed shaped up pretty well comparably, what remains to be seen will be the turn out in a few hours time.
There is good reason to be cynical… we only see celebrity bloggers in the conference. Usually an open conference would have invited others to submit proposals so they could be selected for presentation too… but no, we don’t see that. We only see microphones next to the audience with the speakers having the last say.
Conspiracy theories are abundant on who’s really running the show. It’s inevitable that the powers are always at work. The tomorrow.sg crew may have even tried to dilute this point “wag the dog” style, by creating a “conspiracy theory meme” to flood subversive thinking. Still, I believe in the natural selection of things. After all, everything bad is good for you… right?
While I sound cynical, I am but truly excited. Even as I sit here in my warm humid apartment with the fans blowing at my feet, I can only pause and imagine how in a way, the citizen on the streets have stood up. I wish I could be there, love it or hate it (Emm, anyone doing a webcast?).
Ultimately, given the blurred lines of powers in the blogosphere and the real world, this convention can swing both way… we could finally be thinking for ourselves, or someone could still be doing the thinking for us. We will only know after Blogger.SG concludes.
My Final Stand:
If you’re deliberating whether you should attend, I would rather recommend going to Blogger.SG because I place more intelligence with you. You should be wise enough to know what’s really good for yourself. At least I hope so. Do blog feedback and keep me posted on the proceedings!