“In a New York magazine piece, Mr. Rich wrote: “Is David Gregory a journalist? As a thought experiment, name one piece of news he has broken, one beat he’s covered with distinction, and any memorable interviews he’s conducted that were not with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Dick Durbin or Chuck Schumer.” And he derisively suggested that Mr. Gregory begin to host his network’s “Today” show, so that he can “speak truth to power by grilling Paula Deen.”
“I actually think the best journalism comes from people who are blogging part-time. They don’t have an agenda other than finding the truth.”
New York magazine has a really, really excellent piece on modern feminism, and particularly, feminist and female voices on the internet. They provide an abridged list of such blogs, but I thought I’d let you know who some of the important lady bloggers here on Tumblr you should be following. (Note: I know a number of bloggers on this list actively consider themselves feminist, but some may not. Many of their blogs also aren’t exclusively or mostly aren’t about feminism or gender politics.)
Kateoplis (Who sent me the link to this piece. Thanks Kate!). She’s an excellent curator of everything from news to art, and also runs a solidarity blog with the Iranian Green movement called Sea of Green.
Jessica Valenti. One of the voices of contemporary feminism, founder of the amazing blog Feministing and author of works like The Purity Myth and Full Frontal Feminism. She is now a columnist for The Daily.
Mohandas Gandhi. Has a lot of sass. You all are surely following her already, but she’s got all sorts of things to say on the environment, human rights and progressivism. A necessary addition to your Tumblr feed.
Samia ben Charqui. A Moroccan-American blogger extraordinaire, her thoughts on Moroccan political economy and her takedowns of orientalism have earned her some well-deserved attention around the blogosphere.
Rachel Fershleiser. A writer, formerly of Housing Works Bookstore, founder of Six-Word Memoirs and creator of the Judgmental Bookseller Ostrich meme. Her blog is full of lit and politics and bookstores.
This list is not comprehensive!
I’m not going to throw my weight behind the idea of following all the names on this list without exception—because I’ve followed and subsequently unfollowed a few myself—but this is a great starting point for those of you interested in reading blogs of this nature.
I’m going to recommend you follow them anyway, simply because Torie knows what she’s talking about.
But, you might wonder, is Tumblr right for me and my business? Who uses the platform, and how do I engage the users who are there? What can I expect to achieve?
Let’s take a look.
How are you using Tumblr for your brand?
John Battelle: I heard blogs are dead.
Matt Mullenweg: I heard that too, on a blog.
A conversation about blogs as the Independent Web, with some time spent on how Tumblr fits into the equation.
Mullenweg is the founder and creator of WordPress, which between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is the most used blogging platform/Content Management System on the Web.
Batelle is the founder of Federated Media, an advertising network focussed on providing solutions to independent media.
Run Time: 18 minutes with 12 minutes of Q&A.