While searching for a program on self-portraiture to complement the Mizel Museums current exhibit My Self: Original Self Portraits, curator Georgina Kolber turned to that ubiquitous online medium: the blog. Blogging certainly seems to be the new thing, especially microblogging with Facebook status updates and Twitter. How are blogs changing not only journalism and communication, but also the way that individuals brand themselves and connect to one another? she asks. It just seems like the new way that people are creating portraits of themselves and sharing their personal brands with the world, with their friends and their bosses and prospective clients.
To elucidate the blogging phenomenon, Kolber organized the panel discussion Blogging as Self Portraiture, enlisting the aid of five prominent local bloggers on diverse topics to explain the fine art of putting yourself out there on the worldwide web. Musician John Common, social media expert and Dating Dad blogger Eric Elkins, cooking blogger Michelle Lee, feminist blogger (and former Westword writer) Naomi Zeveloff and Westword music writer Eryc Eyl will share their experiences, answering questions and offering advice to those curious about the potential and pitfalls of the still-young medium.
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The lecture begins tonight at 8 p.m. at Forest Room 5, 2532 15th Street, and tickets are $5. For more info, call 303-394-9993, ext. 107, or visit www.mizelmuseum.org.
Mon., June 29, 8 p.m., 2009