Monday, October 4


Well, our rather stupid editor(ialer) has moved on from blogs, at least for now. Now he's talking about rocks. Good for him. Mr. Johnson would love him for it. Though, also admonish him for not mentioning Pilot Mountain. Now I don't need to flood the place with crap and filth. You can stop now, too, Jeremy =P


Blogger Mark said...

Are you just trying to piss me off Jake? Feel free to wail on the paper, but don't criticize the few people there who try to provide content with some local connection. Furthermore, if you're going to go after a stupid editor, you're barking up the wrong tree. Harass the managing editor.

October 4, 2004 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Ivan said...

and what if I am?

Look, I know your dad's forced to write this stuff, but it's still shit. Nothing against your dad. -ish.

October 4, 2004 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I _did_ mention "Pilot Mountain’s quartzite" in the editorial. But I figured everyone around here knew about it, so why bore them?

Most people do not know there is gold in Surry County -- I had two e-mail yesterday adn two more today asking about that factoid.

Nor do most people know that the satellite technology which helped find diamonds in the Canadian Barrens may be used to solve the 125-year-old mystery of North Carolina's diamonds.

The column supposedly is about how technology affects people's lives, especially in Surry County. "People" takes in a wide territory -- from kids to oldtimers and from anti-tech Luddites to people on the leading edge, like the guys at Trificient. It's hard -- no, impossible -- to please everyone. The best I can do is make the column unpredictable, so they at least want to look at it each week, and try to put in some information they may find interesting.

It's not easy -- and certainly a lot harder than dashing off a few remarks in a blog -- but as Turgenev said, "As for work, without it, without painstaking work, any writer or artist definitely remains a dilettante; there’s no point in waiting for so-called blissful moments, for inspiration; if it comes, so much the better—but you keep working anyway."

"Rather stupid"? I resent that. But if the description fits, why are _you_ reading it?

Steve Welker

October 5, 2004 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Gil said...

I agree with the Welker's actually.

October 5, 2004 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Ivan said...

*Opens mouth*
*takes out foot*

I'm sorry, guys. I was just a little, how shall I put it, "tweaked?" by the blog columns, and I was just filling out the stereotypical blog post: inane, incoherent bitching.

October 5, 2004 at 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apology accepted.

I can guess how you feel about the blog articles. Here's the deal: Julia was getting out of control and someone needed to intervene. But that's not my job, either as a journalist or as a parent. What I could do was report the news: that a student had posted an account of Starr's party on the Internet. I deliberately did not name her (or anyone else except Mark and Sarah, who are 18), because I didn't want to expose Julia to general ridicule or to encourage pervs to snoop her blog. The followup pieces in my column explained to the ignorati (including some parents) what blogs are. And, along the way, I could advise some of your classmates what they obviously did not know; i.e., that blogs are unprotected and _anyone_ can read them unless they put on some sort of password access. Julia lost her blog, but she's young and she'll have other opportunities in the future. Megan stopped making entries in her blog; if she feels uncomfortable having people read her private thoughts, that's a good choice even if her friends miss reading it. So we lose two voices in the blogosphere. On the other hand, five or six Surry County kids have started new ones since I wrote the columns. Plus at least two (and probably you, too) have attracted new readers. Then again, knowing that people are reading the blogs may alter what you and others write, which may be a gain or a loss.
As for the second column, about people who write diaries, I felt I needed to remind the older folks (and parents) that although blogs are new, they really carry on a centuries-old tradition. Maybe I helped save some blogs from being shut down by kids' parents.

By the way, The News does not tell me _what_ to write, only that I am responsible for filling a certain space every Monday. What I write is my choice. When I came here as editor two years ago, I strongly resisted suggestions that I write a column, because I really didn't think anybody would be interested in the musings of a balding, pot-bellied, overaged father of three boys who are entitled to their own privacy and who probably would be humiliated if I ever named them in my column. When my boss said, "I'd like you to write about technology and how it affects people," the idea appealed to me, so I started Future Tense. I've never written a column before. I'm still learning. Suggestions for improvement and topics will be appreciated, tovarich.

Spasebo and dosvedanya!


October 5, 2004 at 10:47 PM  
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