Mitch Albom Hates MeShareThis
Educated journalists seem to have a healthy distaste for bloggers, and I don’t blame them. If I studied for seven years to be a surgeon, and saw some mook cutting into people because it looked fun, I’d be skeptical too. Especially if said mook started to have some success.
The weird thing is, I don’t like blogs either. They’re incessantly negative (if you can’t get attention with your talent, extremely polar views seem to get reactions from people), full of parentheses (damn), and without space constraints. Real writers, like Mitch Albom and Rick Reilly have been outspoken in their opposition to blogs. The problem is, with the general dumbing down of our society (shout outs to The Hills and celebrity magazines), bloggers occasionally write in a voice that more readers can relate too. In short, you can’t write anything too smart or you have a smaller audience.
But people earn their qualifications in different ways. Brett Hull and Garth Snow are managers of NHL franchises, not because of college degrees in management, but because they played the game at the professional level and gained their knowledge there. Barry Melrose is hockey’s liason at ESPN, not because he’s a sports journalist, but because he knows what he’s talking about (or at least Amercians believe he does).
In all aspects, reporters write while other people do. Politicians write legislation and make major decisions, while high and mighty reporters with 20-20 hindsight vision judge. They have time, fact databases, researchers and editors to thoroughly destroy or applaude whatever the goings-on may be in the politcal forum, the sports world, the art community.
CNN, ESPN or any of the major networks push the events of the day through their own prisms and broadcast the biased views of their station to the public. Fox News and CNN can make the same event feel like Darth Vader was on both sides of a topic.
This is why the best journalists to read are the ones who don’t hide their bias, but speak openly and honestly about why they hold that bias. Jon Stewart is a great example of someone who labels himself a democrat, and will defend his views with logic and clarity.
A small set of people seems to have the potential to tarnish the appearance of a larger group. Not everyone from the Middle East wants death to America, but there are people in the US incapable of making that distinction. As my Uncle has explained to me, the best way to write is to show, not tell. Bloggers who make comments that cross the line of extreme have tarnished the idea of blogs for other writers with a voice. Brett Favre doesn’t “suck”, though you wouldn’t know it from reading blogs. He threw a crap-load of interceptions, as the stats will back up, so tell me that. Explain to me why the Jets are better off without him.
I’m new to the blogosphere, and so far it kind of weirds me out. It’s offered me a neat platform to tell some stories and prove I can write, but it’s hard to fault educated writers who knock people like me. But the only way to get better, like in the sports world, is to practice, practice, practice, and for that, not only am I glad to have this forum, but I appreciate having readers who seem to like it. So here’s the filter my writing will get pushed through: The Jets, Mets and Islanders rule, I would label myself a democrat because of the liberal views I hold, I frickin’ love sports (the baseball season is too long), animals (anything with “oodle” in it doesn’t count) and having some laughs. I hope you like it.
On why Mitch Albom hates me (bloggers): http://deadspin.com/5153058/mitch-albom-has-a-few-things-to-get-off-his-chest
On why Rick Reilly isn’t a fan of blogs either: http://deadspin.com/5157404/rick-reilly-still-unimpressed-with-blogs–but-wants-everyone-to-know-he-actually-likes-the-sports-fella