The table is actually square

Or maybe there won’t even be a table. I’m not sure, really. It’s all very hush-hush you know. But a bunch of bloggers and other assorted writerly types who post stuff about music that may or may not be related mostly to southern gospel are getting together at NQC to talk about some things. Chuck Peters has a bit on it here (and “our reporter has learned” who may be participating because he was on the email list of people who said they’d come). NQC is giving us all press passes and may or may not be feeding us. There’s not a lot more to say about it than that. And if I DID say much more, I might have to kill you, or at least bum lunch off you if the food thing turns out for the worse.

What I CAN say, is this: Since I did most of what would pass for organization in this affair between the blogosphere and NQC, I should probably address the minor flap that this line in the release has managed to create:

“The Roundtable discussion will focus on the role blogs should play in Southern Gospel Music.”

The sentence is mine, but it comes from an idea that was originally David Bruce Murray’s. Early on and in discussing how to get the conversation going in a way that wouldn’t feel too formal or stuffy, DBM hit on the idea of asking a general question. As he notes here, his exact words were “What role do bloggers play in the Southern Gospel industry?”

I do remember liking the suggestion quite a lot. But that’s about it. I wish I could say I changed it to “what role blogs SHOULD play” because I was trying to provoke a livelier debate (the likelier explanation is that I was writing from an imperfect memory of DBM’s original and doing some sloppy elliptical thinking at the same time). At any rate, the result will probably be the same, judging by the little dust-up that the conditional already caused. If my variant creates a more interesting conversation, all the better.

Anyway, I can tell you my answer already: blogs should play whatever role the blogger and his or her readers make them play in the exchange of ideas and arguments and perspectives. What will be more interesting is putting all our different answers alongside one another and seeing what happens in the process.

However, I can neither confirm nor deny that I will be wearing a paper sack. Nor can I comment on reports that we will be meeting in a top-secret super-secure underground bunker beneath Freedom Hall that’s occasionally used by the Vice President when he must go into hiding from the special prosecutor’s office (Freedom Hall, Freedom Fries, They Hate Our Freedom … you see the connection, I trust). Pre-convention intelligence does suggest, though, that should our location be compromised, a flash mob may form demanding to know Daniel Mount’s THIRD favorite Cathedrals line up.

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  1. My third favorite Cathedrals lineup | www.southerngospelblog.com on 15 Aug 2007 at 11:05 am

    […] All right, I’ll bite. Doug Harrison has a post on the bloggers roundtable with a hilarious punch line: However, I can neither confirm nor deny that I will be wearing a paper sack. Nor can I comment on reports that we will be meeting in a top-secret super-secure underground bunker beneath Freedom Hall that’s occasionally used by the Vice President when he must go into hiding from the special prosecutor’s office (Freedom Hall, Freedom Fries, They Hate Our Freedom … you see the connection, I trust). Pre-convention intelligence does suggest, though, that should our location be compromised, a flash mob may form demanding to know Daniel Mount’s THIRD favorite Cathedrals line up. […]

Comments

  1. Aaron Swain wrote:

    Can’t wait to meet everyone and share my ideas and hear yall’s!

    Aaron Swain

  2. Kyle wrote:

    I’ll be there with bells (or maybe Kenny Hinson bellbottoms) on!!

  3. GospelMusicFan wrote:

    Maybe we should be careful where our little fingers go.
    The organization could put us in a special place like we have many times up here in
    metro Boston, Mass.
    It is call the free speech area.
    Should that be the case, don’t worry about the location or the food but make you keep the height of your sign in the free speech area top-secret super-secure olus https.-secure.
    The tallest sign gets seen the most.

  4. JM wrote:

    I wonder if all “sanctified” blogs will be asked to bear the Gaither GoodBlogkeeping Seal of Approval? Perhaps we could establish a fundamentalist’s School for Doctrinely Sound Blogmasters or Blogmistresses? How about an annual awards show to celebrate the lock-step unity of all truly spiritual bloggers and their blogs? Let see…the Dove Awards are already spoken for…I know…how about the Doodoo Awards? Come on folks! The whole concept of this media type is based upon the need to have a “safe haven” for people to express themselves however they wish, within the laws of our country and the discretion of the blogmaster. The types of subjects talked about here are not talked about anywhere else, with such freedom and candor. Even if there’s an occassional edge to someone’s point of view, we need to hear it. I trust that the Grand PoohBahs of Southern Gospel Music will leave their hands and mouths off of this good and independent venue!

  5. Marty Funderburk wrote:

    I’ve always thought of bloggers as being renegades - pseudo-anonymous lone rangers whose power was derived by bucking “the establishment.” They’ve prided themselves on being thorns in the side of “the system” by freely challenging the status quo. Is corralling them into this mainstream “big tent” an attempt to demystify the whole realm - and in the process, de-claw the beast?

  6. GospelMusicFan wrote:

    Who would fill the void if they would able to corral Doug Harrison?
    Someone would step in to to keep the tradition going.
    It the blogger you know is better than the blogger you do not know.

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