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: