Simon Owens of Blogasm has an article related to the Google party facilities at the Dem convention where he asks, Will the Big Tent in Denver Help Bloggers Break Through?
As it turns out, the promised Google oasis for bloggers will happen in a building outside the Pepsi Center, since only 50 credentialed bloggers will be allowed at the Pepsi Center itself.
Hosted by Daily Kos, Progress Now, and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, the Big Tent will be a 9,000-square foot, two-story erected structure a few blocks away from the Pepsi Center where the convention will be held. It will be specifically geared toward new media — bloggers, podcasters, vloggers— and its sponsors include both Google and Digg.
The organization received over 3,000 applications for those who wanted to attend the Big Tent, but because of spacing restrictions and fire codes, only a fraction of those were accepted. Though the final count is a “moving target,” as he put it, there will likely be around 300 bloggers and other new media journalists who will participate.
They’ll be half a block outside the security line. Understandably, there’s a fair amount of skepticism.
Or, as Simon asks,
I asked Nelson what benefit the bloggers would have at the tent, given that they wouldnâ€™t get access to the building where the convention is actually being held. The bloggers, for instance, wouldn’t be able to walk among the convention-goers and use that atmosphere to provide context to their reporting. Why wouldn’t a blogger just stay home and watch the event on his television?
There have been complaints about
the lack of communications from the DNCC when it comes to what access credentialed bloggers will have, including what kind of Internet will be offered and how the final night at Invesco Field will affect them.
In contrast, the Republicans will have their credentialed bloggers at the Excel Center, and have video podcasts every Friday at noon showing the work being done in preparation to the event, where bloggers are welcome to ask any question at all.
We’ll see how it all plays out.