Editor’s Note: The YearlyKos convention in Chicago this past weekend was a significant milestone in the history of the liberal blogosphere. The event confirmed the ascendancy of bloggers as a serious political force. All seven of the Democratic Party candidates attended to woo progressive voters. As part of our ongoing effort to bring Medialoper readers the latest news about the increasing influence of new media on the American political process, we sent the head of our National Affairs Desk, Ronin Kurosawa, to report on the event. Unfortunately, due to certain budgetary constraints, we could not send Ronin to Chicago. Instead, he files this report from Second Life.
Friday Morning, 8:40 am
I’ve been to more conferences than I can remember, and this is the first time I’ve arrived at one without either jet lag or a hangover. The open bars at these virtual conferences don’t compare to real life. While technology is improving, I suspect this disparity will persist for decades to come.
Completely sober, I’m hovering two floors above ground level just outside of the Sears Tower. I’m not nearly caffeinated enough to attempt entering the faux building to ride the faux elevator to the faux conference room. Unfortunately, I’m already late to the Network Neutrality panel, so I decided to float in space and view the proceedings through the virtual plate glass window.
I’ve missed the introductions, but I can hear the panelists discussing all of the major issues related to network neutrality and beyond. Universal broadband – check. Personal data privacy – check. They’re discussing important issues that will shape the future of the net and, by extension, the future of our country.