It's a 'two-fer' day here at the Blue Ridge Blog. One day=two blog posts. Such a rare occurance of late...
I sit here watching the start of the Davidson v Kansas game, watching for my friend Sal, who is at the game in Detroit. Go Cats!
But I am not the only one in Western NC watching and hoping for Davidson to go all the way. So is Ashvegas down in Asheville. Ashvegas not only has a great blog about all things in the city known as the "Paris of the South," but his blogroll is filled with WNC bloggy goodness. My eyes naturally gravitated towards the Asheville Beer Blog.
That said, I am also delving into the "The Land of Twitter." Not sure I get the point of micro-blogging but I'm such a follower I'll try anything until it because pointless. If you want to see what I'm doing, you can find out how pathetic my life is by looking at my Tweets. And I'm not so sure I like the sound of that, but that's what individual Twitter posts are called. If you start Twittering, let me know so I can follow your Tweets.
The ever-so-resourceful Liz Donovan linked on her News Research to an interesting New Yorker column by Eric Alterman, "The Death and Life of the American Newspaper." It is an interesting read. I especially connected with the following paragraph as I've witnessed the struggle of our our High Country media sources awkwardly coming to grips with newer technology:
"Newspapers are dying; the evidence of diminishment in economic vitality, editorial quality, depth, personnel, and the over-all number of papers is everywhere. What this portends for the future is complicated. Three years ago, Rupert Murdoch warned newspaper editors, “Many of us have been remarkably, unaccountably complacent . . . quietly hoping that this thing called the digital revolution would just limp along.” Today, almost all serious newspapers are scrambling to adapt themselves to the technological and community-building opportunities offered by digital news delivery, including individual blogs, video reports, and “chat” opportunities for readers. Some, like the Times and the Post, will likely survive this moment of technological transformation in different form, cutting staff while increasing their depth and presence online. Others will seek to focus themselves locally. Newspaper editors now say that they “get it.” Yet traditional journalists are blinkered by their emotional investment in their Lippmann-like status as insiders. They tend to dismiss not only most blogosphere-based criticisms but also the messy democratic ferment from which these criticisms emanate. The Chicago Tribune recently felt compelled to shut down comment boards on its Web site for all political news stories. Its public editor, Timothy J. McNulty, complained, not without reason, that “the boards were beginning to read like a community of foul-mouthed bigots.”
Gotta get into the game. It is tied, 28 all.