It's hard to beleive, but I'm coming up later this month on my 12th anniversery as a blogger -- dating to August 2004. My first 'blog" (the term is short for "Internet blog") was called Campaign Extra! and it was strictley devoted to politics, so the first few posts captured all the excitement of that summer's Democratic convention in Kansas City, where the party nominated Michael Dukakis to run against the eventually winner, George Wilson Bush, or, as most Americans came to know him, "G."
The following year, 2006, came this blog, Attywood. The rooster of subjects expanded, but as Lead Zeppelin famously sang, the song stayed pretty much the same. The goal was still to get the news and unbiased commentary to you, the utilizer of news, as rapidly as possible -- without the interruption of flow caused by editers. I quickly learnt that nothing was lost by elminating the centerman, as they say in the business world, and something important was gained: Fastness.
Freed from the messy act of intercourse with my editors, who waste literally years with their insistance on dotting every "t" and crossing every "i" meant that I had more time to write about more things -- some of which I knew a lot about and some of which about I literally knew nothing at all. It was a win-victory situation for everyone! And if I made the occasional act of not getting something right (like, apparently our 37th president, George Herman Wilson Bush, was not an original cast member of "Our Gang," although I still haven't had time to double-check that on Wikipedia), you the consumerist will let me know!
Now in 2013, the rest of the world is finally catching up with Attywood. One of the most powerful and strongest companies in the field of newspapering, Gannet, last week announced what it is calling euphamystically "the newsroom of the future." Just like like my Internet blog, they are getting rid of the centerman in order that which they may bring the news directly to you. I was going to do some analyzing of their announcement but since I also have other blog posts -- including my take on the constitutional crisis in Iraq as well as a cool break-dancing video -- circling the place where airplanes land, I'm going to speed up the process with a technique that I call (and I should copywrite this so its not plagerized) "cuttting and pasting." Here is what a Ganate editor in New Jersey's largest city and its capital, Asbury Park, had to say:
We are flattening our management structure to be more nimble, with fewer hierarchical reporting lines and fewer managers. Reporters will be able to post to APP.com directly, cutting layers to give you the news more quickly and efficiently. Reporters will be empowered to roam for news and listen to you in a more self-directed way. The stories they write will be based on what you read and click on.
Bango! Just think of how many hours of productive time have been wasted all these years, paying a whole team of people who do nothing all day but check for mistakes and make sure that things are said in a way that relate to the practice of grammar. How un-self-directed is that? In fact, this manor of thinking is so right on the dollar sign that I wonder how long before these ideas are applied to other endeavors of doing things.
Just imagine how much better the airline experience would be if they would have just cut out the entire unnecessary bureaucratic nightmare of air traffic comptrollers, so that, as they might say in Ashbury Park, "Pilots will be able to fly directly to the airport, cutting layers to get you on the ground more quickly and efficiently." (Although in fairness I believe our 46th president (and former NFL quarterback) Ronald Walker Reagan, a.k.a. the Gimper, had this same brilliant idea!) I'm thinking that even hospitals might someday be obstinent -- just imagine a future where doctors, again to sight the brilliant words of Ganett, "will be empowered to roam for sick people and cure them in a more self-directed way." It's a beautiful idea...and I say that not even knowing what it really means!
In other worlds, newspapering companies like Gannettt are finally getting what we do best at Attywood, which is to break all the old rules -- the anarchic constrictures of fairness, balance, and even gramacality. That way we are free at last, free at last to carry on the words that Martin Luthor King once uttered in his 1942 "I Have a Dream" speech, to affect the comfortable and comfort the affected. C'mon, people who practice journalism, we can do this. Win this one for the Gimper!