Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Are my Midwestern Roots Showing?

I feel compelled to set something straight --
journalism is changing; it is not dying.

Humans will always have a desire and need for information; therefore, journalism will never die. Journalism is invincible.

To prove my point, I will provide an analogy:
Back in the day, farmers broke their backs in order to grow plentiful crops to provide to the people. Then, new technology came along that allowed farmers to produce more crops in a shorter period of time. Then, new technology came along that allowed farmers to produce more crops in a shorter period of time. Then, new tech- ... you get the point. Farming changed due to technological advances, and farming will continue to change as technology continues to advance. Journalism, like farming, has changed over time as technological advances have emerged. First, there were scribes. Then, there were printing presses. Now, there are Internet sites. New technology has come along that has allowed journalists to provide more information to more people in more forms in a shorter period of time. 
Back in the day, people walked long distances to markets in order to obtain the produce they so desired. Today, people merely drive a few miles to the nearest grocery store to pick up these same products. Back in the day, people walked long distances to acquire the journalistic publication they so longed to read. Today, people merely scan the World Wide Web to acquire these same products. 
No conscious individual would argue that it would be best for society to return to the original form of farming. In fact, there would likely be much distress in the world if the ancient ways of harvesting were reintroduced to humanity. People would starve, and things would get messy. A return to older forms of journalism would have this same effect; people would starve for information, and things would get messy.

People want their news, and people want their news now. So, people, I am telling you to stop reminiscing about the olden days of journalism and begin embracing the new age of information.

Put away your tissues, and trade your mourning suits for more colorful garb. No funeral is taking place around here any time soon.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Anti-Resolution

I have felt compelled to make a New Year's resolution since the dawning of 2010. For a full ten days, I have deliberated about what I should resolve to do differently in the new year. Finally, I have decided upon what my resolution shall be -- my New Year's resolution is to stop making New Year's resolutions.

New Year's resolutions tend to fall through, therefore, I will no longer be making them. In fact, I think I know the reason resolutions tend to fall through, and it is lack of desire. January 1st may be the start of a new year, but it is not necessarily the beginning of a new way of life. Imagination, passion, and determination are powerful emotions that do not fit in an ordinary timeline. When I want to change something, I want to change something. I do not want to wait months, weeks, days, or even minutes before putting forth a new life plan. Once an idea is planted in my mind, it grows uncontrollably.

So, I am not starting the year off with a new "plan." Instead, I will continue to travel swiftly upon my already-beaten path. I do not want to stray into the wilderness of the unknown because I like the road on which I currently tread. I am happy, truly and genuinely happy. This is not to say that everything in my life is perfect; however, it is the dull and dreary components of my world that make me appreciate the  brilliant parts of my existence so much more.

My life is a mixture of good and bad. No matter of resolution-making would ever make my life totally wonderful, nor would I ever want a life of complete grandeur because that would be incredibly boring. I will adjust my life as I see fitting, but I will not progress accordingly with the the calendar year. In my search for the perfect resolution I have totally condemned the act of conventional resolution-making. I am starting the new year on the road I have been on all of my life. My destination may change occasionally, but I am not going to wander off the path for no reason. I will follow the map of 2010 to wherever it may lead me, but I am not going to take a turn without being instructed. Resolutions are faulty directions. I, for one, am not starting the year off lost.
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