Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)
Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.
This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.
Friday, December 03, 2004
Boy, talk about not getting it.
High-tech publisher tries 'blogozine'
Well, bless his heart for wanting to try, but 50 bucks is an awful lot to pay to read about Carly Fiorina. Or anything else, for that matter. Why not just subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, or you know, steal them from the front desk when no one's looking? But, again, good on him for trying to make a go of something.
BUT THEN, we get to this little gem from one of his former co-workers: What a sad little ignorant fellow. How many times must this be said--certainly the blogosphere does have a significant number of know-nothings and idjits, and if that's all you look at, it might be easy enough to think that's all there is. But it also includes a wide swath of some exceedingly bright, analytical, intelligent people, who can bring tremendous brainpower to bear on a variety of subjects. And who can check facts. And write cogently. And who do not see the imprimatur of Journalism as being that big of a deal.
I'm not trying to be mean to journalists in general, because I think they are valuable and most do a fine job. But I would like to point out to Mr. Pontin, at least, that being an editor is not something that requires sitting for a test in order to practice. Remember that when you read a blog written by a doctor, lawyer, accountant, or nurse. Nor does it require that your work involve keeping the public safe from harm. Remember that the next time you read a blog written by a cop, or a paramedic, or a soldier, or a fireman. Nor does it require actually knowing a whole lot about the ins-and-outs of just plain old making a living. Remember that the next time you read a blog written by a mechanic, or a mom with three kids, or some guy who loads trucks.
And I think it's a bit ironic that we have someone spouting off about a "bunch of insiders writing with great jubilation about the importance of their own community," especially when he's DOING THE EXACT SAME THING.
Mr. Pontin, you need to get out a bit more, and it shows.
(Bless your heart, too, by the way.)
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