Two years ago, I had a personal epiphany at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City. I joke about how I was so deep in revelatory thought that I fell down a few stairs. Yet it was the moment when it all clicked for me. The way that new media could change everything.
As new media continues to be an amplifying platform for previously under-recognized constituencies and agendas, women are looking to claim their piece of the pie.
My phone kept ringing with calls asking me if I had heard the news. It felt similar to Elvis, but nothing like the shock of John Lennon’s assassination. I checked Twitter, to see if I were the only person wondering where all the other news stories had gone.
Editor-in-Chief of “Salon.com,” Joan Walsh, believes “things are much better than they’ve ever been.” On the role of new media as a catalyst she said, “It’s a new landscape and women can make more inroads.
At the beginning of the evening, Rose appealed to the audience to “accept and listen to thoughts and ideas” they may disagree with. He had little more success with his two guests, who frequently spoke over each other, making parts of their conversation inaudible.
Ullman scrutinized how stewardesses from the Middle East and Singapore still have the “I Dream of Jeanie” outfits, reflecting the male corporate ideal. Ullman morphed into an American aviation executive when she exclaimed, “Goddamn it! We lost control of how we make the girls look.”
I sat in on the “Monetizing the Web” session, a topic Johnston had told me earlier “has been a challenge since day one of the web.” The “conflict between print and the web” was brought up. The question was raised, “Is it worthwhile trying to sell content anymore?
Questions from the audience reflected a hunger to examine a wider range of issues. One frustrated attendee prefaced her query with, “Look how much time we’re spending on Sarah Palin, and what does it say with her as a choice?”
Telling the audience, “I don’t fear being black or being female,” she identified herself as being willing and able to “tell the truth to power.”