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  •  Thanks for all your efforts. (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    This whole internet "thing"
    is like the wild west once was.
    Lawless, with the rationalizing
    conscience of the victorious survivors.

    That this blog is not .org or .net but .com,
    speaks much to the same influences that have
    helped to render print journalism asunder.

    I used to read daily newspapers religiously, but now
    it seems like my time is always demanded elsewhere
    now, though I still manage to buy a Sunday edition of my
    "local" communities (sigh, Gannett) offerings regularly.

    I also manage to peruse the select links of other
    papers that I would never have been able to read,
    save for being a  visitor in their local areas.
    Perhaps you might wish to include a link to your
    works at other sources, which seems to be the rule.

    I think I am typical, for my demographics, but I
    will admit that I am older, and many of my younger
    coworkers and acquaintances never read a
    newspaper, even on Sundays. This fact raises many
    questions and issues about an "informed citizenry"
    that is of utmost importance and debate here.

    There are some good writers here, a very few great
    ones, and the rest just want their voices, varied
    and often beyond rational comprehension, heard.

    The economic cost differences in publishing on the web
    makes it possible to allow space for all of them.
    That factor alone makes it impossible for print to
    compete in this one narrow regard.

    The truth, whether it be by graffitist, soap boxers,
    anonymous pamphleteers, activist bloggers or downsized
    muckraking print refugees, is still evident.
    And to me, and many others, still valued and sought.

    This does not address the editorial choices on which
    stories are and are not covered, and how, and by
    whom, in print, on video, or cyberspace in any case.

    That advertisers have editorial control is implied
    by the very models of corporate media ownership.
    That their success in creating thinly veiled and
    self serving propaganda under the guise of "news and
    analysis" results in its wide spread rejection and
    the creation of a more desirable alternative should
    come as no surprise to any journalist.

    I am looking forward to your future writing here.
    And will examine some of your past works when
    I can afford the necessary time.

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