Coming soon to a computer near you: politics.technorati.com
"On Sunday, July 25, we'll launch a new section of our site for political coverage: politics.technorati.com," writes David Sifry of Sifry's Alerts, in what may be the media equivalent of tearing down Jamie Gorelick's wall between the CIA and FBI. In this case, it's the wall between what Jeff Jarvis calls "Media Man" and "Blogger Boy":
A few minutes ago CNN announced that Technorati [the leading monitor of blogs] will be providing real-time analysis of the political blogosphere at next week's Democratic National Convention. I will be on-site in CNN's convention broadcast center, along with Mary Hodder, and I'll be providing regular on-air commentary on what bloggers are saying about politics and the convention.
This site will make it easy for bloggers, journalists, and anyone interested in politics to see the postings of the most linked-to political bloggers, to track the ideas with the fastest-growing buzz, and to monitor conversations in thousands of other political blogs. CNN.com will link to this site, and we'll be updating the CNN site with the latest from the blogosphere.
They're calling it "BlogWatch." CNN will be "anchored" not in the traditional skybox but on the convention floor, providing viewers "an exclusive front row seat" through "Delegate-Cams" and gavel-to-gavel coverage (yawn) streamed live on CNN.com, as well as its own convention blog. Hey, Candy, James and Tucker: Welcome to the 'sphere!
*Or should it be the other way around: One small step for bloggers, one giant leap for CNNkind?