Today’s column, other stuff on my new blog

FYI, today's column — the long-promised one about Gresham Barrett (a perfectly pedestrian column that didn't deserve such a buildup, but at least it technically fulfills the promise) is to be found on my new blog,

Also, I've posted a nice (I think) note I got from the governor, which I hope you will help me decipher…

9 thoughts on “Today’s column, other stuff on my new blog

  1. Greg Flowers

    I have tried to post on the new blog twice and both times it said “comment awaiting moderation.” That may have been that both comments were deemed intemperate, but I suspect that no comments will be available for the delicate eyes of the public until they have been vetted by the moderator (you?) and passed muster.

  2. KP

    I tried again, but nothing’s showing up. I think it DOES say Godspeed. But does that really have a hyphen?

  3. Mike Toreno

    Your career was a failure because you never adjusted to the fact that you could no longer maintain a monopoly on the dissemination of opinion, and couldn’t dictate what was and wasn’t within the bounds of acceptable discoure. You have always valued credentials, and didn’t realize that in today’s information environment, where everyone can express their own views and challenge others, what’s important isn’t credentials, what’s important is the value and insight you provide. You were never able to provide value, but for many years, that didn’t matter. Your job wasn’t to provide useful information or insight, it was to express views that conformed to a prescribed orthodoxy. What you have always cared about is the concentration of power in elites. That was the whole point of your fetish for government restructuring. People don’t care about government restructuring, they don’t care about concentration of power in the hands of a governor, what they care about is the actions of government and the effect those actions have on their lives. As always, you concentrated on issues that were irrelevant or opposed to the needs of your readers.
    The same is true of your fetish for bipartisanship. People don’t care about bipartisanship. They don’t care about government officials working together to get things done, they care about what gets done. You were oblivious to that fact, but that didn’t matter so long as you were rewarded not for the abysmal quality of your work, but for your adherence to an orthodoxy beneficial to the elites of which you flattered yourself that you were a member.
    But now all that matters is the quality of the work. People have access to myriad viewpoints and sources of information, and all information is subjected to constant challenge and testing. Work that provides value gains a wide readership, and work that doesn’t have any value doesn’t.
    And so here we are. The editorial page of the paper was never any good, but you spent your tenure turning it into your personal vanity project, using it as a vehicle for your idiosyncrasies and personal aggrandizement, such as your imaginary “un-party”. People join and support political parties because they care about the work of government and its effect on their lives, and political parties are vehicles for promoting government agendas and actions that they feel wil have a beneficial effect on their lives. This fetish against partisanship was a viewpoint you shared with no one, yet you wasted countless hours expressing it, hours that could have been spent developing real insight into people’s real problems.
    And so the editorial page of the paper was a failure. But not, evidently, in the opinion of the owners, an irredeemable failure, because they took an important step toward improving it.
    If you wish to gain any success as a blogger, remember, among bloggers, who you are doesn’t matter. What you say matters. Credentials aren’t important, the work is what counts.
    That’s why McAlister’s concern about the decline of newspapers is misplaced. He wonders, when newspapers collapse, who can be trusted to produce news. The answer, of course, is those who earn trust. Trust doesn’t come from being hired by a coporation, trust comes from what you actually do.

  4. jhoncena

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