I didn’t make it out to UCLA for the LA Times’ Festival of Books this year. “Festival of Books” is something of a misnomer…the event could be called “Festival of Panels” or “Festival of Opinions” or even “Festival of Talking Heads.”
Anyway, here’s a link to a short article about the “New Media: Blogging and Beyond” panel. Kevin Roderick of LA Observed :
…commented on the transition from print to blogging. “I had to make a transition, learn to put more of myself in the writing ⎯ even in print because I think readers are hungering for much more of a connection with the writers and journalists they read.”
In this age of information, we crave community. Information is important, it is a tool for effecting change–but without community, information does not have a context.
We are all suspicious about where information comes from. In the early days of television, when it was time for a commercial, they used to say, “And now, a word from our sponsor.” At this point we know/feel that every word we hear on television has been approved by the sponsor. We get our news from someone trying to sell us something. Ugh.
That’s part of the immense popularity of political blogs. We get information that traditional media outlets don’t cover. The writer’s opinion comes through as well. It only makes sense that we would want to know a little about the person who is doing the reporting.
Stuff I’ve done lately:
1. Watched Crash – only it was David Cronenberg’s Crash and not Paul Haggis’ Crash Ugh. Who needs that much dysfunction? Besides, the movie had very little structure, it was just an endless loop–a conflagration of sex and violence. Still have Haggis’ Crash waiting in the wings…thanks to Netflix.
2. Watched a lot of tennis at the Pacific Life Open. One of the most fun matches was Knowles and Nestor vs. Bjorkman and Mirnyi. Knowles plays World Team Tennis in Sacramento, and a bunch of fans came down to give “Knowlesy” support. We also walked right by Rod Laver…a nice sighting for any devoted tennis fan.
3. Started to read Kindred by Octavia Butler, the current pick for the City of Pasadena’s One City One Story program. My book club is talking about it tonight…I won’t finish by then, but it is a good read.
4. I balanced the checkbook. Someone’s got to care about the checkbook…it might as well be me. Balancing my checkbook feels like my secret revenge–or perhaps it is just recovery–from all those math classes I really sucked at. Ha ha, teacher I can balance my checkbook. To the penny!
5. I walked three miles this morning. The best thing about that is that I can spend the rest of today saying, “I walked three miles this morning” to myself whenever anything goes wrong.
Finally, a Random Observation:
Everyone complains about the price of gas, but has anyone besides me wondered why milk is more expensive than gas–even now?