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Um - no narrative?

Aggregation isn't narrative. The blogosphere will only start replacing the MSM when it starts leading the discussion.

Compiling some very fractured blogs into a single location gives you a close-up of the fractured nature of Euroblogging.

If there were some editorial summaries or points or comments or pretty much anything more interactive than a list of linked content, there might be some danger of that starting to happen.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Mar 1st, 2009 at 06:53:00 PM EST
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I think that aggregation can work as narrative, but it needs to be curated. A team editing and highlighting parts of the flow - that knew their way around that amount of european blogs  - could really tell a story - especially with linguistic support.

The feeds could be there and available - but with a heavily curated front end -  and the possibility offered to others to create customised front ends for it.

I always think 'engine' when I see routine formatting errors - because of automation - in search results. This feels like an engine.

by irishhead on Sun Mar 1st, 2009 at 07:24:51 PM EST
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Aggregation can probably only ever work for a small audience. Or you have to keep hitting narrative points so hard over and over that it becomes very selective aggregation, which means that narrative engineering and aggregation become obviously incompatible.

I agree about the engine feel though, and - unfortunately - that feel creates a narrative of its own, by implication.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Mar 1st, 2009 at 07:53:40 PM EST
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Very useful feedback. The editorial input could indeed be improved beyond content selection to make sure that the content looks good. Aside of that, curation could come into the process by writing a newsletter.

Anyone here got an idea for a good newsletter title?

The issue is that we're all doing this in our free time, also the guys working on the technical side. So we're going to have to wait a while to get out of beta.

Customisation is already possible in terms of language; you can select which languages you want to see displayed. Right now this is only useful for German and French.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 06:00:13 AM EST
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OTOH We should support a diversity of efforts to bring EU opinions together. None of us really knows which seed can or will grow into the most effective channel.

Front ends can always be added in the future. First, metrics are needed. Aggregation is one form of fact gathering. It is important for the simple reason that, like the first steam engine, it does a lot of heavy, boring lifting.

The EU itself IS fractured, if you want to use that word. I'd prefer 'culturally biodiverse' ;-)

I am beginning to see the EU as a unique structure in the history of politics and government.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 01:37:08 AM EST
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It doesn't necessarily need to lead, like dkos, it can fact-check the MSM. During the election, I noticed that after awhile, whatever nutty claim came out of republican mouths here, they were quickly debunked by the blogs, and pundits stopped giving the nutjobs credence. This took a few months of aggressive work by bloggers.

Fact-checking is a very, very useful tool to have in your kit, and I think the MSM cares enough about its own credibility to pay heed.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 09:16:28 AM EST
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