HOW EFFECTIVELY DOES THE ‘BLOGGERNACLE’ REPRESENT MORMONISM? Recent years have seen massive growth in the community of LDS blogs, often called the “bloggernacle.” These blogs draw thousands of readers and offer many potential benefits, from real-time, interactive analyses of current events to interviews with scholars and celebrities. Media outlets from the Salt Lake Tribune to the New York Times regularly rely on LDS bloggers for Mormon perspectives. In some ways, the bloggernacle hasbecome one of the more visible faces ofMormonism. But just how accurately does the bloggernacle represent Mormons and Mormonism? Are there demographic or ideological biases in the bloggernacle? Are certain groups excluded, women, or gays, or even conservatives? Can the bloggernacle really represent mainstream Mormonism while also providing an accurate window into the many different demographic and ideological subgroups within the Mormon community? Should it even try to? Join a panel of bloggers and blogwatchers to discuss these and related issues. Moderator JOHN FOWLES is an attorney now living with his wife and three children in London, England. He has co-operated with his brother the LDS-themed blog A Bird’s Eye View (HTTP://ABEV.WORDPRESS.COM) since July 2004. Currently, John also blogs at Mormon Mentality (MORMONMENTALITY.ORG).
JOHN FOWLES, KAIMIPONO (KAIMI) D. WENGER, KRISTINE HAGLUND, RUSSELL ARBEN FOX, and LISA BUTTERWORTH