Our new webcast series allows the Salon community more interaction with writers. What do you want to see?
Topics: Inside Salon
The name of this website provides insight into the intentions of its founders. From the very beginning — way back at the dawn of Internet culture in 1995 — the idea was that Salon.com would function as a virtual version of the fabled salons of old. Although the word “salon” is more commonly preceded by “hair” in modern times, our goal has always been to invoke the concept of eclectic, freewheeling intellectual gatherings.
With the rise of Web 2.0 and social media, the idea of a website providing a hub for conversation is no longer unique, but we at Salon still view this as part of our mission. You may have noticed a growing number of banners on our site lately promoting webcasts. This burgeoning schedule is part of an effort to provide opportunities for Salon readers to connect with writers and each other.
For those of you who haven’t joined one yet, the format of these webcasts is straightforward: They’re essentially a video chat where participants can submit questions and comments to the “host(s)” — the writer — in real time, and there is also a live-chat window embedded into the webcast so viewers can interact with each other throughout the event.
So far, they’ve been a lot of fun. For a taste of the experience, you can check out a short highlight reel of a webcast we did with Joan Walsh and Steve Kornacki around the Florida GOP primary here and a live version of Salon’s advice column “Since You Asked” with Cary Tennis here.
In the coming weeks, we have four more webcasts on the schedule:
- Mad Men Martini Time with Willa Paskin. Salon’s new TV critic — who recently interviewed the creator of “Mad Men” — will be hosting a conversation with fans who want to dissect the long-awaited season premiere and speculate on what the future holds for Draper and crew. (March 26, 9 p.m. EDT)
- Coming Out of the Sickness Closet: Mary Elizabeth William on Confronting Cancer. After taking Salon readers along on her struggle with Stage 4, metastatic cancer — and her remarkable results in a groundbreaking clinical trial — Mary Elizabeth is opening up about her experience and will be answering questions on how to navigate the complex emotional and social issues that arise from life-threatening illness. (March 28, 9 p.m. EDT)
- Occupy Heats Up. As winter thaws, the hot spots of the Occupy movement are seeing the first ripples of resurgence. From New York to Oakland, Calif., crowds are returning to the streets, but will the plan for a May 1 General Strike spark an American Spring or will the movement splinter and fade into Tea Party-like irrelevance? Salon’s Occupy correspondent Natasha Lennard will be taking questions and hosting a conversation on the future of the movement. (April 4, 9 p.m. EDT)
- Since You Asked Live: Real Time Advice with Cary Tennis. We had such a good response to the first webcast that we’re giving folks another chance to pose their deepest dilemmas to Cary in real time. Voyeurs and questioners alike are welcome to join. (April 19, 10 p.m. EDT)
There is one catch: With the exception of the Occupy webcast, which is open to everyone, you need to be a member of Salon Core to participate. Why? First, because we don’t plan on ever putting our content behind a paywall, but we want to reward our supporters with something extra. Second, one of the most valuable aspects of these webcasts is the intimate nature: By limiting participation to Core members those who join have greater access to the host. These events are about “quality not quantity” — we would rather host a webcast where 50 people have a great time than one where 500 people have a mediocre experience.
So: What do you think — are those of you who are already Core members interested in joining these webcasts? What topics and writers would you like to see featured in the future? Are there improvements we could make to the webcast format or are there other benefits that would make Core membership more valuable?
The Salon community has always been a big part of what makes our site so vibrant and interesting, so I look forward to your feedback, encourage everyone to at least check out one webcast from our upcoming schedule (remember that you don’t need to be a Core member to join the Occupy conversation), and thank everyone who supports our ability to keep Salon going.
Liam O'Donoghue is Salon’s communications director. He writes about what’s happening at Salon and manages Salon’s social media assets. You can follow him on Twitter @Liam_Odonoghue. More Liam O'Donoghue.
More Related Stories
- GOP: Party of crybabies
- What's 2013's "Gone Girl"? Here are this summer's best reads
- Twitter talks back: Obama's missed salute
- Fox executive behind "Does Someone Have to Go?" leaving the network
- Developers evict historic women's shelter to build luxury hotel
- Guantánamo prisoner on hunger strike cries for help on Twitter
- Kaitlyn Hunt refuses plea offer, will go to court over high school relationship
- The secrets of cicada survival
- Hillary Clinton memoir shows up on Amazon
- Nobody "needs" to rape
- A brief history of Jennifer Weiner's literary fights
- First look: Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard shine in "The Immigrant”
- DHS admits "impossible" to control 3D-printed guns
- 3 possible solutions to international tax avoidance
- “I just want the U.S. to send my father home”
- Journalists file suit against Manning trial secrecy
- Russia: Syrian regime ready to talk peace
- Catholic Church in market for more exorcists
- Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food
- Army weapons engineer tied to white nationalist organizations
- Ted Cruz against the world
Featured Slide Shows
The week in 10 picsclose X
- 1 of 11
Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
Credit: AP/LM Otero
Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
Credit: AP/Matt Rourke
A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
Credit: AP/Jenny Aicher
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
Credit: AP/Molly Riley
Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster
O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
Credit: AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Jeff Scheid
Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
Credit: AP/NASA/Chris Hadfield
When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
Credit: AP/The Duluth News-Tribune/Clint Austin
Recent Slide Shows
- 1 of 11