It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it…
Friday night in Hollywood, Perry and I hosted a party for bloggers and media types: film producer Brian Linse, LA journalist and media critic Cathy Seipp, advice columnist Amy Alkon, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, senior Variety editor Pat Saperstein, husband-and-wife journalists Matt Welch and Emmanuelle Richard (who went straight from the party to E!’s studios to do some punditry on the Michael Jackson case for French TV), and Ventura County Star director of new media Howard Owens.
There were even some people who don’t have blogs: Mickey Kaus (no permalinks, no blog, dude), Arianna Huffington (who came to our party from dinner with Barack Obama at David Geffen’s house - talk about a nosebleed-inducing descent from the A-list), Hollywood, Interrupted author and Drudge Report co-editor Andrew Breitbart, Vanity Fair contributing editor Richard Rushfield, Hollywood political activist Donna Bojarsky, digital motion picture guru Bijan Tehrani, LATimes.com GM Rob Barrett, journalist Ruth Shalit, transatlantic TV and filmmaker Peter Stuart, The Hollywood Reporter senior film editor Anne Thompson, film critic Jeffrey Wells, and director James Orr. There were others there, too, but I’m not sure how they feel about being blogged.
It was a great bash. I got an email from one of the attendees this morning, saying: “It was like a party with old friends.” After hearing about it, someone asked me today, “So are you from LA? With that guest list, it’s like you’ve lived here for years.” Well, no. I’m from Ohio, where I grew up on a farm. My first trip to California took place in December 2004. All the people I know in Los Angeles, even those who are themselves not bloggers and perhaps not even internet users, I know because I started blogging and engaging with other bloggers. I’ve said it once and God knows I’ll say it again, but while the technology that enables this is certainly remarkable, it is the network effect of blogging that is truly amazing.