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June 9, 2006

My Day in the Papers

The spotlight’s on me today! Or at least a tiny little beam from the spotlight, reflected off the tuba in the orchestra pit. The article that I interviewed with the RGJ for was published in today’s Calendar section, page 15. It’s a good article, at least as good as it can be considering what its subject matter is. Since I was the only person willing to give their real name, I’m they only one they used any quotes from. And by reading some of those quotes, It’s bafflling that I don’t have a red-hot career as a public speaker. I’m suprised the words “stuff” and “things” only showed up once in the article; I’m sure I used them more than that in the interview.

I think the article suffers by not having quotes from more people in there, and not just because my brain shuts down when my mouth opens. It was supposed to be about “Nevada Bloggers”, but ended up mostly just being the story of one, with a quick nod to some others at the end. Myrna the Minx got one paragraph, when she deserves half the article, at least, and Yukon Sully got two sentences. Considering they both whoop my ass daily, both in terms of quality and quantity, I think the article turned out a little lopsided. I don’t fault the reporter, because I know she tried; the RGJ must have some kind of blanket “no anonymous sources” rule, and an end result like this really shows how damaging a rule like that can be.

It was good to see, though, that the reporter did use my one good quote, the one that I blatantly stole from David Weinberger: “It used to be everyone would be famous for 15 minutes, now it’s that everyone is famous for 15 people.” I think that’s the real heart of the issue that I wanted to get across, and although the line itself can be seen as a joke and a play on words, underneath it you find the real power of blogging (and podcasting). That anyone can be a publisher, anyone can get their word out, and even if what you have to say is lame and banal and not worth wasting even one sheet of paper on, it’s still probably valuable to someone out there. Blogs enable writers to find an audience that they wouldn’t have otherwise, and enable readers to step outside the bestsellers shelf and find things they’re really interested in. It brings ideas together in a way nothing ever has before, and it makes it all as simple as clicking the “Publish” button.

That’s what I was really trying to say. It just came out as “stuff” and “things”.