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Recruiting bloggers at Black Sea shore

2010-06-28 10:18

6235.jpegPress, radio and TV in Georgia are almost totally controlled by the authorities while internet remains intact though the seeds of propaganda are waiting to be sewn in the hearts of bloggers as evident from the meeting of frequenters of global communities held for the second time over this month. Young people are generously wined and dined and taught how to fight on the media front.

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Blogging, a sophisticated name given to the meeting of live journal members by Georgian media, is in full in swing. Tomorrow young people will leave Kvariati resort and then, probably, their reports and impressions of "training drills" at the Black Sea coast will appear on the web.

Now there are only reports on getting drunk and night-time hanging out till dawn and no time to sleep.

highlander-ge.livejournal: last night we started with beer passing over to absinth followed by B52 and something else while a monument to Stalin was removed in Gori. I don't remember a thing, what a booze-up...

esker: Day one: a long way, dizziness, a small meal, thunder at sea, fast and free wi-fi, lots of cocktails, music, new faces, chatting about all things till morning. Day two: some idiots woke me up, didn't make it to the sea, had to feed exhausted body and then coax it not to rebel and think faster. The working part of Georgian blogging days 2010 began. This is how it looks like: a buzzing crowd of Georgian bloggers writing in Georgian and Russian from various resources, connected by hubs, extension cords, rechargers, ash trays and cold mineral water ..."

Why were all these completely different people gathered in one secret place? As a participant of the congress explains, the street name and building number are not indicated for the Russian Federal Security Service not to break in - god forbid. That means the meeting organizers really had something to hide.

It is explained in Georgia's Ministry of Economy that the meeting is supposed to be "a specific working meeting" to make up a manual for rookie bloggers supposed to learn marketing and branding techniques, ways to popularize sea resorts and other spam-like advertisement tricks.

Why is it so conspirational then? Georgia's Ministry of Economy and Communications Department covers transport, accommodation and food costs for a pack of graphomaniacs?

Of course not. The meeting's protagonists are Georgi Jakhaya blogging on notorious suhumu.livejournal.com and Oleg Panfilov who bartered "authoritarian Russia" for "democratic Georgia".

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