V3con is excited to have Adam Chau, the man behind the blog “Slant Eye for the Round Eye,” speak on the panel “Smackdown: Journalism vs. Blogging” at the Japanese American National Museum on August 25.
We caught up with Adam to find out what he hopes for V3con:
Your favorite hangout in L.A.?
I’ve only been to L.A. twice before, so I can’t say that I have a favorite hangout. But I did enjoy driving on the freeway because I was in a Prius on one of the visits, and I didn’t know how to turn on the Prius (I thought turning off the radio helped turn the car on), so I sat in the rental car parking lot for what was probably a long time. And when I finally got it running (even though I didn’t know how I did it), I was just really happy to get out and onto the freeway.
How can V3con better help connect participants in the space of one day?
That’s a really good question and one that I don’t have an answer to. So I’ll just say that the V3con team has done an excellent job at organizing what promises to be a great event, and hope I get partial credit on this test even though I haven’t really answered the question.
For the panel that you are speaking on, what would you like the audience to take away?
It’s an interesting topic to cover when you take into consideration the number of social media platforms, websites that incorporate blogs, the state of news organizations, asking questions like: What defines a blogger? What defines a journalist? What portions of the process are similar? Is there a distinction between a blog post and an article when both come from the same media outlet? And has journalism changed in the face of a more politically divided country (and, if so, what has that done to increase the rise of more bloggers outside of the mainstream, if any)?
In that sense, I hope it’s just a good conversation and serves as an impetus for more discussions about communication, news and media in general.
— Margaret Sharpe, V3con blogger