Sunday, 05/17/09 Public Square


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7 responses to “Sunday, 05/17/09 Public Square

  1. Seems the song Home On The Range has a few different versions, but all are based on a poem by a Kansas doctor and lawyer named Brewster Higley.

    Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
    Where the deer and the antelope play,
    Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word
    And the skies are not cloudy all day.

    Home, home on the Range;
    Where the deer and the antelope play;
    Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word,
    And the skies are not cloudy all day.

    About those discouraging words, Dr. Higley died in 1911, so he didn’t hear today’s cranky conservatives. Good thing! I like that part of the poem. 😉

    There are several stanzas, most I had never heard or read! Find them all here:

  2. Zippy,

    Back to what you told us yesterday about the demise of The Tucson Citizen.

    I was looking around for info on Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters for America, and the author of the new book ‘Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press’, when I happened upon a comment at a blog discussing, “The Future of Newspapers.”

    The comment said: “A little off topic, but the Boston Globe revelled in attacking the Catholic Church in 2002, so did the New York Times. Now they’re in trouble. Hmmm.”

    Is this a total and weird conspiracy theory??

    • Pedant

      I think the core problem for newspapers is the medium itself.

      Newsprint is costly to produce; newsprint by its nature presents a static story, one incapable of any dynamic improvement or reaction to news (websites can continuously edit a story as more becomes known, whereas a newspaper’s next best shot is always tomorrow’s edition); high retail price relative to its online competition (almost free); on one flank the competition can continuously edit, while on the other flank (magazines) the competition is designed to manufacture and supply a news product that’s far more comprehensive in nature than daily newspapers will ever be staffed for and thus will ever be able to manufacture.

      A consumer of online content can come to feel that s/he is far more empowered with the production of news, too, at least when compared to the newsprint option, a letter to the editor. If a letter to the editor gets published — a big if — often it has two problems. One, it’s been edited, and two, it appears literally days after the emotion that produced it has dissipated.

      The medium itself does best when the topic is local news and local advertising. Local news, though, will never demand the kind of national news desk reporting the New York Times is currently capable of, though. If all newspapers produce is local news, then it may be that they will be far less capital intensive (maybe).

      There is also some evidence that online news is actually changing our brains in ways that make newspapers less attractive to consume.

  3. David B

    A baby elephant (oliphant) was born in Antwerp today. A live webcam is up… awwwwwww…

  4. aaawwwww, everything is cuter when it’s little!

    I know those big elephants were encouraging the little guy to get up ’cause you just can’t stay down long or you may be eaten, but if I had those big feet circling my tiny head I might think they were the danger. 😉

  5. Might Donald Rumsfeld be left off the guest list for Bush administration reunions? In a piece for GQ, Robert Draper interviews former officials and discovers “intense feelings of ill will toward Donald Rumsfeld.” In interviewing these officials, Draper writes, it “becomes evident that Rumsfeld impaired administration performance on a host of matters extending well beyond Iraq to impact America’s relations with other nations, the safety of our troops, and the response to Hurricane Katrina.” Rumsfeld sought to please Bush by playing to his religiosity—Draper’s most shocking find is Defense Department intelligence-briefing covers featuring biblical quotes. One person said, if leaked, the covers “would be as bad as Abu Ghraib.” Rumsfeld also apparently convinced Bush to not award Ted Kennedy a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  6. lilacluvr

    I wonder what will happen if and when a full-blown investigation into the Bush Adminstration is ever held.

    Do you think some of these characters will turn on one another or do you think all that ‘loyalty’ will make them circle the wagons?

    My bet is on a few of them more than willing to roll over on the next guy to do the CYA dance.