Oakland North Continuing on the warpath against the "Whites Only" Oakland Blogger establishment, I point to "Oakland North", a blog I enjoy reading but am constantly upset by because it seems to reflect not just Oakland's north side, but it's totally devoid of any coverage of Oakland's poorest residents: West Oakland's black and latino persons.
It's very much part of a culture I'm used to which is "Berkeley-esque" and well-educated and rather narrow-minded in its interests.
Thus we have coverage of an AIDS conference, or art and recycling, but nothing about the Oakland Army Base Development or commentary on how West Oakland's so poorly served by public transit to this day. Not good considering they've got a team of writers over there. See, what's happening is that this groups is only showing Oakland from one point of view and not seeking to expand out of that view. It's not doing Oakland any good at all.
We're down to an handful of blogs -- this one, which is still the overall traffic leader when videos are counted (in face, we blow everyone else away here) and two others I will not mention because well, they've succeeded in creating what I call a "whites only" club of Oakland Bloggers -- and I state that because there's not a Black blogger they stay in constant touch with or seem to be sensitive to Black issues and perspectives -- that engage in a kind of group think that in point of fact keeps certain stories from not getting noticed.
But what I know is their websites are so poorly designed that whatever is posted here outranks them. Plus, certain poiticos think these guys are in their pockets. Not here. This is the only Oakland blog updated every day, each day. And many cases our SERPs outrank the Oakland Tribune's website -- which is a disaster.