The TKC Saturday Night Playlist and Present Magazine's best of Kansas City blogs!!!
Bloggers across Kansas City have been posting and discussing a local "best of" list compiled by this town's premiere arts and culture magazine. Here it is:
KANSAS CITY'S TOP TEN BLOG LIST FROM PRESENT MAGAZINE!!!
There are a lot of great blogs on the list and even a few I didn't know about . . . What's clear is that for the most people picked their friends and with only a few exceptions bloggers are by no means objective . . . This is a good thing.
Another recurring theme: People actively didn't want to list TKC as one of the best according to some of the folks on the list who were brave enough to speak the name of this blog . . . Now, there's just a little bit of significance to this because throughout history the achievements of people of color have been downplayed which is also one of many reasons why Alonzo Washington is regarded as a controversial figure by some despite the fact that he stands for police cooperation and community outreach to fight violent crime - Which are things that most people agree on.
For the record, my top blogger of the year was Ramsey Mohsen. Along with Nick Sloan . . . These young dudes (and maybe even a broad or two) are going to define what the blogosphere looks like in the immediate future . . .
KANSAS CITY BLOGGING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN 30 AND 40 SOMETHING HIPSTERS MEETING UP AT A BAR!!!
Ideally, what I've always hoped is that the Kansas City blogosphere would become a digital "place" where the opinion of a 19 year-old emo blogger on LiveJournal has the same impact and relevance as a veteran big media columnist when speaking on the subject of life in this town.
Additionally, it's important to note that Kansas City blogs are far more diverse in terms of women and people of color than any big media newsroom in this cowtown. That represents more opportunity than what the people playing gatekeeper provide.
Finally, since this is basically what everybody else does whenever these lists come up, I'm going to excerpt what people are writing about TKC:
MoxieMamaKC: "Love him or hate him, he's the most read blogger in KC."
Shanelife.com: "Say what you will about Tony...his method's aren't exactly the kind that make you want to take him seriously, but he breaks a lot of news."
MToast: "Join in Tony’s dissing or refuse to play (I won’t blame you either way), but you can’t deny this one is still a force to be reckoned with."
Jeff is a geek: "A blog about the KC scene"
KC with a Russian Accent: "I only added him to fulfill my affirmative action quotas. Actually, TKC performs a useful service - like an oyster he sifts through tons of crap, finds a pearl (not always, but who cares), attaches it to a beautiful woman and presents it to the world."
Gone Mild: "A lot of people are carefully constructing their lists to avoid Tony, but no serious list of top Kansas City bloggers can ignore Tony. Even if you don't like him, he creates more posts on all Kansas City topics than the rest of combined, and it wasn't very long ago that a link from Tony would bump my own numbers up for the day. He's used his humor to hurt people, but he's also created the most-read and most powerful blog in Kansas City."
Erin in the Real World - "If Kansas City is high school, Tony is the bitchy and gossipy head cheerleader. I love it and I want to be her friend, if for no other reason so she doesn't turn on me." (TKC NOTE: I think this might be my favorite - NO HOMO!!!)
James F. Freeman - "I only follow 5 local blogs. Everything else reads the same, even TKC. Maybe especially TKC. And if I could interject a wish, it would be that blog authors start editing their copy - misspelled words (especially at the rate that bloggers publish them) drive me crazy."
I think I pretty much agree with everything . . . What surprised me is that there was little mention of blog offerings from big media especially The Star. So far, Kansas City's paper of record has only one major undisputed blog success in Crime Scene KC pioneered by Greg Reeves and pushed to new heights by James Hart.
Again, what I think is important here as this thing we call blog moves forward isn't the social network or cliques or even the impressive array of half naked white women that help TKC to dominate . . . THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE KANSAS CITY BLOGOSPHERE IS AN OPEN COMMUNITY!!! This is the only form of communication in the world that is a true meritocracy. Blogs are only as popular as they deserve to be and any blogger is only as good as their next post.
Kansas City blogging has come a long way but it will face an inevitable decline if its members forget that diversity, debate, discussion, dumbass comments, in-fighting and the freedom of expression guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution are what made this media platform great.
Nobody knows what the New Year will bring, I can only hope that local bloggers will continue to scheme and compete with as much vigor as before . . . As we all attempt to profit and gain influence from a medium in which neither of those things are a barrier to entry.
To wit, here's my playlist inspired by the New Year and Kansas City blogs:
As always, thank you for reading and have a safe and fun weekend.