Without belaboring my age and tactilian proclivities for reading materials, compound sentences and compaction of thought, and casting aside my ignorance of the newspaper business and the writing style required to fit the form, which should altogether make a foray into television journalism a tilting at wind farms, let me proceed to follow the tradition trail of learned ignorance expounded expertly into bamboozlment of the learned and unlearned by the foregoing media’s punditry, if for no other reason than this is my blog, but with due consideration of the time honored beard pulling hmming and hahing allotted to people of my years by less learned youngsters, and of course the necessity of writing for the ages if this missive should fail to find favor with my contemporaries.
I must confess my preference for the blogs, which allows most of us to reach no one, but at our own pace, and gives the writer a latitude missing in other forms of scribbling witticisms such as may be found in porta potties and on the sides of rail cars. One must makes civilization where one find one’s self.
One of the major drawbacks of the newspaper is what to do with it after you’re done with it. Used papers multiply like rabbits and become a logistical nightmare unless you happen to have the trash bin at the front of the house, or live in an enlightened community that recycles rubbish when it leaves the abstraction for the concrete. Americans are above all of that, probably for patriotic reasons that they cannot articulate, not having read them in a newspaper or heard them on TV.
I am persuaded that most online papers are edited and published by people that are clueless about the ethernets, (good one Norm!,) and so every effort to squeeze some revenue is usually about as productive and pleasant for the reader as a fourteen year old boy inside his first blouse is to fourteen year old girls.
To some extent I think that the blogs have a personality which is missing from traditional media outlets.
In order to gracefully kill this post I would suggest papers find out what it is that people don’t like about their online efforts, not what they like.