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stuff White People like: describing 95% of my fellow journalists

Posted in media with tags on March 7, 2008 by mrbitterness

 This might be my new favorite Web site.

#82 Hating Corporations « Stuff White People Like
One of the more popular white person activities of the past fifteen years is attempting to educate others on the evils of multi-national corporations. White people love nothing more than explaining to you how Wal*Mart, McDonalds, Microsoft, Halliburton are destroying the Earth’s culture and resources.

When engaging in a conversation about corporate evils it is important to NEVER, EVER mention Apple Computers, Target or Ikea in the same breath as the companies mentioned earlier. White people prefer to hate corporations that don’t make stuff that they like.

It’s true of most of the folks I knew in college, most of the my fellow reporters and editors, and a disturbingly large chunk of the so-called “sheeple,” pop culture-hypnotized, over-sexed twenty- or thirty-somethings.

humorous banner-ad placement

Posted in fun, media with tags , , on January 14, 2008 by mrbitterness

This is why it’s not always a good idea to put computers in the content-serving driver’s seat.

Worst Contextual Ad Mistake of All Time « GracefulFlavor

The Anchoress » Blog Archive » Election 2008: American Glasnost

Posted in culture, media with tags , on January 13, 2008 by mrbitterness

The Anchoress hits the nail on the head. The MSM (i can’t say press, because I’m part of the press) have gleefully accepted the mantle of Brainwashers in Chief.

The Anchoress » Blog Archive » Election 2008: American Glasnost
As we have seen vividly over the past ten days, the press has invested too much emotionalism into the political process – they either looooooove someone or they haaaaate someone, and they do all they can to sway the rest of us in our feelings. And clearly – if the past 15 years are any indicator, they succeed wildly. And for that, perhaps, I blame us. We’re a nation too-ready to be told what to think or do by anyone who appears on a television screen or in a magazine. We’re like sheep, and we’ve been badly herded, but perhaps that is changing.

I wish I knew a way to fight the authoritarian tendencies that dominate my beloved profession. But voices like mine, whether on dead trees or in cyberspace, are seldom allowed to be heard above the din that plays from the new Big Brother’s loudspeakers.

How much for an 8-ball, Senator?

Posted in fun, media with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2008 by mrbitterness

Obama Deals Blow to Clinton Campaign

Personally, I don’t put much trust in the Clinton campaign’s suggestion that Barack Obama might have been a drug dealer. But my first contact with blogging came from the Best of the Web Today column at opinionjournal.com.

Among my favorite features in that column are his quick-hits take on poorly worded headlines that, when taken out of context, sound pretty funny. Imitation, flattery, yadda yadda.
Thanks Mr. Taranto.

The Next Social Network: WordPress

Posted in blogroll, media with tags , , on December 13, 2007 by mrbitterness

I have a myspace account, but have never mustered the dedication to keep it updated, or to even finish setting it up originally.

I’m in agreement with the dude at GigaOM: To get a facebook or myspace page in a useful state as a social networking node, you have to things “their way.” The casefiles have always served my needs for an outlet, but with the freedom to be Sinatra-esque, i.e. “do it my way.”

The Next Social Network: WordPress – GigaOM

Hope this doesn’t create some kind of quasi-reverse-feedback loop that destroys the fabric of space-time and/or exposes my more embarrassing  drunk-posting moments to old friends who don’t yet know how lame I’ve become.

But it is nice to hear that, just as with many new fads since grunge,  I’m way ahead of the curve.

If my behavior seems stupid or lame, just wait a few years. You’ll wish you were as cool as I used to be.

Thank you Jason Whitlock

Posted in culture, media on December 3, 2007 by mrbitterness

for doing the job most journalists are afraid to do. The insistence there can be no honest mention of cause for the effect of black-on-black violence is a nasty incarnation of racism. Not to defend the Klan or anything (they did near-irreparable harm to the reputations of good-hearted Southerners), but at least they advertised what they were all about.

With coersive cliches like “keeping it real,” they hold black men back from prosperity, all the while claiming to speak FOR them. When you give someone directions over the mountain and that left turn you prescribe takes them off a cliff, you are responsible when gravity smites their ruin upon the mountainside.

Jason Whitlock, sports columnist for the Kansas City Star and FOX Sports, is a lone valiant voice who calls a spade a spade. The persistent bravery — in light of media crucifixions of Bill Cosby and others — shown in his columns is worthy of respect.

FOX Sports on MSN – NFL – Taylors death a grim reminder for us all

HBO did a fascinating documentary on Little Rock Central High School, the Arkansas school that required the National Guard so that nine black kids could attend in the 1950s. Fifty years later, the school is one of the nations best in terms of funding and educational opportunities. Its 60 percent black and located in a poor black community.

Watch the documentary and ask yourself why nine poor kids in the 50s risked their lives to get a good education and a thousand poor black kids today ignore the opportunity that is served to them on a platter.

Blame drugs, blame Ronald Reagan, blame George Bush, blame it on the rain or whatever. Theres only one group of people who can change the rotten, anti-education, pro-violence culture our kids have adopted. We have to do it.

Some not so off-the-cuff writing

Posted in current events, media with tags , , on December 1, 2007 by mrbitterness

It occurred to me the other day that my blogging is often well below the writing standards I usually demand of myself and other writers. I’m a veteran newspaperman (if the Charlotte Bobcats’ Gerald Wallace gets to be a “veteran power forward,” then I get to be a “veteran” too … we left U of Alabama the same year — I just decided to graduate). I’m the news editor/only full-time staffer of a small-town weekly newspaper.

So I thought I’d post something from my professional life, written the first week of November. It’s timely, since “Redacted” is still stinking up the box office and reports say other anti-war films are in the offing. So I present “Hollywood has turned against our country” from The Eclectic Observer (I’d post the link on our Web site, but I doubt the column is still up).

Have you seen the previews for Hollywood’s newest crop of war movies?
During and after World War II, the entertainment industry filmed scads of war movies. John Wayne became the stateside face of the American soldier: gallant, ferocious, but softened by the tender love of the land and people he left behind.
Performers like Jimmy Stewart and Elvis Presley took it a step further, and signed up to fight the enemies who would end our way of life. Presley fought bravely, and Stewart became one of America’s most decorated fighter pilots.
But in today’s Hollywood, a war movie is little more than an excuse to say what they always say. War is senseless and stupid, no matter the cause. America is evil, because we oppress these people, ignore these people and reward these other people (fill in the blanks as you see fit; their targets change too often to bother with clarity).
Who cares if our system of government is the one that made Hollywood’s charmed existence possible?
I grew up hearing stories of American exceptionalism, from the men who fought fascism abroad, and the women who worked to keep life going on the homefront. My PaPa, Robert Heaton, stormed the shore at Iwo Jima, one of the fiercest, deadliest battles in the Pacific theatre of World War II.
My ‘Ampaw, Doug Goodwin, dodged Luftwaffa air raids as he guided Allied fighters against Rommel in North Africa.
PaPa was never big on storytelling. Iwo Jima was a nasty place, and I always assumed the things he saw there didn’t bear relating to the little ones. ‘Ampaw didn’t see much combat, but he had a bevy of great stories, like the time he was on leave and spotted a sleeping giraffe. That giraffe wasn’t happy to wake up with a 200-pound American on his back, but ‘Ampaw and his buddies couldn’t stop laughing after the tall, spindly steed threw him into the dust.
Whatever the tale was, I always knew why they fought: to protect their families and the way of life they loved. Many professors at the University of Alabama tried to change that belief, just as Hollywood aims to slander our troops and leaders in the War on Terror.
It’s vital, to our future as a nation, that we don’t listen to them. More than that, we should counter their poison words whenever the opportunity arises.
Veteran’s Day is one of those opportunities. If you meet a veteran this week, tell him or her thank you.
And if you happen to run across Tom Cruise or Robert Redford, ask them to try something new with their career.
Shut up.