A New Post

February 18, 2010 1 comment

I’ve decided to go public with a blog that I started just about a year ago.  My aim in writing this is to be more authentic in how I present myself to the world.  An introvert, I find that I rarely get to share my true self with others.  In addition, I intend in the course of my blogging to question why people act the way they do, why things are done the way they are in society, etc.,  and fully expect others to at times disagree with my perspective.  I will be disappointed if some kind of dialogue doesn’t happen, so please leave comments if you feel so inspired.  I look forward to hearing from you.  

I’m sorry I don’t have a real topic to offer this time, just an introduction to my restarted blog.  When I first attempted blogging last year, I agonized over what I wanted to say and ended up completely inhibited;  I gave up after two posts, and became distracted by other things.  But while my blogging had halted, my ideas continued to trickle in.  I now have notes squirreled away in a variety of locations.  The other day my friend Sarah brought my blog onto Facebook before I was really ready and it felt a little like getting pushed into the deep end of the pool.  But this is a good thing, because I’m not sure I would have ever been ready.  Now for what it’s worth, I’m out there.  The fact that anyone can visit should be a huge motivator to keep it updated.

If you’re at all interested in me, please read my first blog entry from last March, as it captures something fundamental about myself and the way I look at the world.  The second entry, dated in April of 2009,  is essentially a rant about the newspaper that I hope will get buried as I become a regular blogger.

Thank you for taking the time to check this blog out!  As soon I get acclimated to blogging, I will start to publish it in my Facebook news feed.   I am excited that I’m finally getting going with this.  I hope you enjoy it.

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Some Gripes About the New Detroit Free Press

April 1, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m three days into the Detroit Free Press’ new subscription service. Monday was the first time ever I did not get a morning Free Press. Now we get the New York Times during the week, so at least we get a paper. But, while it’s certainly excellent, it’s not really a replacement. (There is just no substitute for what was an excellent local paper.) Anyhow, reading the NYT yesterday, I found an article about the Detroit News & Free Press’ new format. Turns out it’s just a “truncated” newspaper on the nondelivery days. Who wants to read a truncated newspaper? IMHO, the Detroit News and Free Press are going out of business. I’ll try the online version, but, honestly, a truncated newspaper is no newspaper, whether online or not. Also, the quality has been steadily declining over the years, to the point where I no longer think there can be a recovery. Which is too bad, because from what I’ve heard, they have yet to find a way to make money with an online news format.

Does anybody besides me remember how great the Detroit Free Press used to be? I have many fond memories of reading it during the 1990’s. Even in early 2000-2003, it was still a pretty good paper. I miss the daily columnists perhaps most of all. But also the quality reporting, writing and editing. In the past few years, I just haven’t been able to identify with this Free Press. The reporting is, for the most part, not in depth. Granted, they broke the Kwamee Kilpatrick scandal which forced him out of office. But for all that, I felt like the tone of the reporting was so tabloidesque that I was even a bit ashamed of the paper. Recently, they released more text messages, and milked this release for all it’s worth as a major headline story. While it turned out to be not all that newsworthy, the small bit of new information they got from these messages was blown up and spread over two full pages in the middle of Section A. I noticed very little writing or reporting for this story; the newly released messages were just cut and pasted onto the paper, with little analysis. Is this really reporting? Would you find this kind of treatment in any reputable newspaper?

Another instance of disappointing reporting was an expose’ of the women’s prison, the Scott Correctional Facility. This story was treated almost like Women Behind Bars, repeating prisoners’ testimony about the abuse by male prison guards. I suppose this treatment was intended to sell papers to those whose morbid curiosity must be satisfied. But what happened to making a difference in society? Why couldn’t the reporting have also gone towards finding out how the abuse was allowed to continue for so long? Why not do some research and find out whether such abuse has been uncovered in other women’s prison facilities? Instead of asking officials the difficult questions, it seems like the Freep just sent reporters to the hearings, and they tried to emphasize the salacious testimony.

Well, this is all I have time for today. I look forward to taking advantage of this outlet the next time I find something to criticize (constructively, I hope).

On "Taking Notes"

March 28, 2009 1 comment

I’m calling this blog Taking Notes; it describes the approach I’m taking to my writing. The title originated from a comment made by my junior high teacher, Mrs. Tocco. Discussing the importance of being involved, she told my Religion class that she thought some kids were, “taking notes for their novel about teenage behavior.” I felt like she was talking about me. Described as “the Mystery Girl,” by another of my teachers that year, I had been obsessed with observing, analyzing and memorizing everything that happened to me for as long as I could remember.

I have always had this affliction of hyperawareness. Moments in time, conversations, thoughts that most people quickly forget, seem infused with meaning to me. I hoard these memories and revisit them often, like any proud collector. My vivid recollection of the past has been both a curse and a blessing. Painful memories haunt me in perpetuity. The blessing has been the knowing without question that my life is meaningful. By observing, analyzing and remembering so much, I accumulate wisdom and can more easily put troubling situations into perspective.

Taking Notes will be the home for my remembrances and reflections. What I’m really excited about, however, is the forum for sharing them with others. Through sharing, I’m hoping to gain even greater insight. While there’ll be no novel in the pages of this blog, I expect to share some true stories, ones that I hope will intrigue others as they’ve intrigued me.

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