Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Nothing quite captures the scene at a tween heartthrob concert the way video can (and for a while, anyway, you should be able to see what I mean by clicking on this link and looking for the Jonas Brothers story and video. )
But I made a feeble attempt to grasp something here. You get the idea. As usual, you can click on any of the pictures to make the image larger.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
From the tedious discussion about the future of newspapers to the much-more-important issue of the Jonas Brothers concert Friday night in Cleveland ...
We went, we saw, and we conquered the seating gods to get the front row by the lip of the cat walk. My two 13-year-old companions were in ecstasy, I tell you. They TOUCHED the JoBros. They LOOKED INTO THEIR EYES. Swear.
This humble sketch gets at the energy of the evening, anyway. I have a few more I'll post along the way.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
(Click on the image to read it more easily.)
If by chance you got up today and dragged a newspaper off your driveway or plunked some coins in a box to buy one, only to read something in it that made you angry - made you mutter about the "mainstream media" and its irrelevance -- I bring comfort to you today. Some on the fringe predict there will come a time in the not-too-distant future when newspapers all will be gone. Now THAT'S a relief, isn't it?
It does prompt some questions, though. For instance:
1.When newspapers go away, will your local TV news folks devote less time to fires and lead-with-the-bleed stories to make sure your local elected officials don't have their hands in the till?
2. When newspapers go away, will you be relieved to be free from reading opinions that differ from your own?
3. When newspapers go away, you of course can simply get your news from Google, right? (But where will Google get its news?)
4. When newspapers go away, will you be relieved to be free from reading feature stories about the quirky old couple that met and married in the old-folks home?
5. When newspapers go away and you find yourself in some untenable situation with someone who is abusing their power and authority, will you call the TV station to try to stir up some attention? Will they have enough reporters to come? Will your story be good sweeps-week material?
6. When newspapers go away, will political bloggers BECOME the mainstream media?