Blog Day Afternoon (or Why you're smarter than Neil Hayes)
As someone who is deeply entrenched in training to become a professional member of the media, I want to extend kudos to Kurt for his posts about the art of blogging.
I - as well as most other young journalists that I know - have loads of respect for the blogging community and the way in which it is reengaging public participation in the events that happen in our lives. Because of blogs, more people are paying attention and more people are asking questions...and I could not be happier.
Many old school journalists hate blogs. Check that, the despise them. About two weeks ago, one of my professors shouted out in class that "All bloggers are sh*t" after learning that I had spent some time writing on the Interwebs here and there.
I believe journalists treat bloggers like lepers simply because they don't understand them and terms like "links", "posts" and "Wordpress". You should see how my professors scatter to the dark corners behind the printing press when I open up laptop. They are terrified that they will be replaced by machines run by people who are without credentials or formal training that want to take over the world and harvest energy from human bodies in order to fuel their blogging empire.
But really, it's just a lack of understanding.
Us journalists are forced to take an oath where we must destroy all blogs from the face of the earth, but editors love them in reality. Go to any newspaper Web site and you'll see "blogs" for reporters and columnists that they usually update daily with short posts and quick thoughts. Newspapers know blogging is more than just a fad and that it's here to stay. They're just worried the power of blogs are in the wrongs hands - yours.
However, I couldn't disagree more. As I mentioned before, blogs are a great way to get everyone involved. People like to read them, write them and comment on them. It truly has opened up a market place of ideas where everyone can voice there opinion...no matter how ridiculous it is.
Honestly though, we love blogs for the content. We read the stuff the reporters aren't allowed to say. We read for a different point of view. We write because we have something important to say that shouldn't be lost in a comments section on a newspaper Web site.
Plus some of us read because we like it better than the garbage some professionals try to pass by us as "news".
Example A, look at this column from the Bright One by "award-winning" columnist Neil Hayes. Do you honestly like that you couldn't write something better than this? Everyone on this blog (riders and readers alike) have thoughts deeper and than Hayes.
Let me some up in two sentences what he writes in two paragraphs.
1. The Cubs should be good.
2. They might or might not win a championship
Hayes gets paid for this people! Actual American currency! Loud noises!
So I guess to sum this rambling up, keep writing. Journalists may deem you as something less than themselves, but you're right to speak your mind is just as equal and powerful as theirs...unless you're from Canada, where your only right is federal protection from polar bears.