10 comments on “A Sign of the Times?

  1. Wow. Please write the Queen. No, really, please.

    Personally, I depend on this connection between the media (tv/internet) and ‘humans’. I’m writing screenplays and teleplays- what am I suppose to do with that hard work if tha connection to our daily lives wasn’t so fluent and strong?

    Technology, in general, is weaving into our common lives (hence things like A.I.), and we’re either gonna ignore it (not so hot option), or prepare our selves and the planet (better option). Although now you’ve got me on a tangent..



  2. Excellent post, Gary. You covered every point well and I couldn’t agree more.

    On a personal note, if it weren’t for technology, Mike and I wouldn’t even know each other. And our relationship is very, very real.

    Then there are the people I regard as friends. Yes, real life friends. Keeping in touch via the internet doesn’t make those friendships any less real to me.

    All your points were spot on. Great post, Gary! Thanks for writing it.

  3. Glad you liked it, Lottie! I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet at the moment about bad journalism and bad columnists, actually. I seem to be constantly reading articles that have probably earned the journalist in question a fairly decent chunk of cash which, in all honesty, don’t even come close to the quality and insight I find in many of the amateur blogs I read. This guy in particular, in this article, at least, is churning out nonsense that was dated five years ago. The whole real life/cyberspace distinction is just so 20th century! 😉

  4. I seem to be constantly reading articles that have probably earned the journalist in question a fairly decent chunk of cash which, in all honesty, don’t even come close to the quality and insight I find in many of the amateur blogs I read.

    I keep saying the same thing while looking for my check in the mail.

    lol 😛

  5. HAHA!

    I have been around the interweb since its commercial inception – and an argument I have, even to this day, is the difference between R/L and C/L-V/L (for those who don’t know, V/L = Virtual life – C/L = Cyber life, R/L = Real life.

    My view is all of them are, in fact real, it is a matter that the technology we use is the conduit to communication – so how can they not be real?

    Journalism. OK – there are some journos who are still preeeeety good, but not brilliant – and we may ask why, well, basically because they leave school – and go to university – unable to sting two words together. There are a few freelance writers who are breaking through the ranks now and you will notice that they are much better – even though they don’t have journo qualifications.

    The reason is that they are not conditioned and, more importantly, are more able to write correctly is that they understand the technology they are using. Plus, they have an opinion that is theirs and not one given to them to write by an editor that “needs” to get that story up online ASAP.

    Good piece, Gary!

  6. Yes, I’ve been around for about eleven years or so, mate, and it’s a recurrent theme with me, too. The funny thing is, now, however, I feel, that journalists like this make a distinction between the two without realising, as I point out in that article, just how much technology goes into making up this “real life” experience they keep harping on about. Another example that occurred to me yesterday was the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships — which he seemed particularly fond of citing as a “live” experience. I don’t know whether you watch it on TV or not, but if you do you will be aware of Henman Hill — an area outside the Centre Court where those who haven’t been able to get in to watch the big matches can sit, eat their picnics and, yes, watch the match on a bloody big screen! Yes it’s a real life experience. And yes technology yet again plays a huge role.

    Silly man. 🙂

    You can virtually see some of these old style journalists sweating, can’t you? Scared shitless some highflying blogger/freelancer is going to come along and show them up for what they really are; fake. Which explains their all too frequent attacks on the blogosphere — the endless claims that blogs are worthless, exhibit bad journalistic standards and are just, you know, generally the root of all evil!

    Scared, scared, scared!

    Glad you liked it, Will!

  7. I don’t know about you, Gary – but have you noticed on the news the amount of times they say: “This is hurtling around the blogosphere” or something of that ilk?

    So yes, I agree, they are scared of the virtual world and those who write in it.

  8. Yes, I’ve noticed that, too, mate. Their fear is certainly justified. The blogosphere (or parts of it, at least) is increasingly gathering weight and impact — as you point out. In fact, and I might be wrong, I tend to feel that television journalism actually embraces it quite a bit more than traditional print media. Not sure if that’s a good thing, but there you go 🙂

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