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Web logs: Technology and Freedom in the 21st Century

About The Panel
Blogs-internet web logs-have become one of the hottest new phenomena in media. What does this have to do with freedom? Everything. Until now, the media have always had gatekeepers—but now, print and live video can be self-published from the desktop. Getting rid of the gatekeepers has expanded the range of political and cultural opinion in America, while making it impossible to know which sources to trust. Have we produced a nation of Tom Paines or navel-gazers? L.A. journalist Catherine Seipp, whose early '90s media columns in Buzz are widely considered a precursor to this revolution, will host a panel of the city's more prominent bloggers.

At press time, invited authors include: