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John Bear is e-tarded

Until recently, I was strictly a newspaper guy. Dead trees slathered in ink.

Now I find myself thrust into the world of web-based journalism. It started with the Alibi offering me a slot on its blog. (This post, by the way, will be the very first I put on the website, and you’re reading it.)

I have spent much of the last six years scoffing at bloggers. An editor once told me that a reporter without an editor is a blogger. He was fired for watching internet porn, so I guess everything is on the internet.

At my college paper, the other editors had Facebook and MySpace pages. I laughed at them, and proclaimed that I would never sink so low. (I have a Facebook page now.)
So I’m a hypocrite perhaps. But I’ve always been resistant to technology. I just can’t follow every new thing over the cliff like an E-Lemming. Call me stubborn. Thinking I needed one to be a serious writer, I bought a typewriter when I was 19. Soon I had a collection of IBM Selectrics cluttering my apartment. Slowly, however, they have been left behind during subsequent moves or I have suckered someone into taking one. (“Oh you’ll love it,” I lie. “Much easier than a computer. The IBM Selectric Mark Two, the big mother. Trust me.)

The worst thing about my typewriter phase is the large amount of bad, typed poetry circulating out there. It turns out that I’m not Charles Bukowski.

Web-based everything. It’s not just the wave of the future. It’s here. And I’m catching up. I’m also taking a crack at the coveted “Full Time Freelance Journalist.” It’s not easy to do, but I’m determined. This will also require a significant web presence.

A colleague who has already jumped into the abyss told me last week over cappuccinos that I’ll need a website, blog, Twitter account, etc. It’s all about shameless self-promotion, I guess. I can do that. No problem.

I’m working on the website, though it appears to have been put together by a team of monkeys. The blog account is up. I’m holding off on the Twitter account. I just can’t do it.
Right now, I feel like one of those apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey dancing around the monolith. But I have arrived late, and all the other apes have iPhones.

Public Comments (3)
  • Damn Luddite!  [ Mon Aug 2 2010 10:31 AM ]

    I understand. I vacillate between embracing and rejecting technology. I almost threw my husband's touch screen phone across the room the other day because apparently my fingers are just too clumsy to use the damn thing. Intuitive my ass. And Twitter, Facebook ( I have an account btw, so call me hypocritical), most blogs are just narcissism gone wild! Whatever happened to mystery folks? Don't even get me started on E-books....

  • I think a blogger can be a good journalist  [ Mon Aug 2 2010 12:14 PM ]

    especially if he/she was a good journalist before the blog. The medium does not make or break the journo.

  • Every Writer has a 'Voice'  [ Wed Aug 4 2010 8:37 AM ]

    That's all I care about; the 'tone', the welcome, from inside the place where that writer stands, to the place where my own thoughts live. Theres a gate. A fine writer walks through easily. I'll look forward to this 'blog'... Unfortunate word; 'blog' !

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