The Exponential Impact of the 21st Century Gutenberg Press
One of the things I have heard over and over again through interviews, video stream, and past articles by the media is the influence blogs have and are making in the
Page agreed the bloggers, a new phenomenon in
SBCpolitics, made a difference. While the bloggers are few in number, he said, "I think there are a large number of leaders who do read those blogs. I think they played a role beyond their number -- perhaps an inordinant amount of influence given their number -- but they are a growing phenomenon in Southern Baptist life."
When Frank's election was announced I was walking around the arena and just happened to be stopped by a reporter in the underground hallway. He wanted my reaction. Soon other reporters stopped and by the time all was said and done probably over 25 media persons from around the nation stood four deep and asked questions for forty minutes. One of the questions that kept being repeated over and over again is whether or not I believed blogs played a role in this election. I said, "Absolutely." Baptist bloggers in 2006 may well go down in history as the first time bloggers actually determined the outcome of a national religious/political election. Why? When all three candidates were being nominated my wife leaned over to me and said, "I feel like I know all three men because of the blogs."
Gene Mims, as he was addressing the convention, said that "there is too much bloggin' and communicatin' goin' on out there."
If you want the convention to be uninformed and for about 35 men to control the
SBC, then I suppose that is true.
If you want a well informed convention, that elects men that reflect the bredth of the
SBC, then we may need a few more.
I just sat down next to a messenger from
who asked if I was the Art Rogers from the blog. When I told him I was, he thanked me for the information. Texas
Over the past year or so, I have chronicled some of the impact blogging has made in the