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In 9 days, this blog will turn into my own journal for the Infinite Summer project/book club. I’ll be reading along and possibly joining in the conversation as well as chronicling my thoughts on the reading here. Let the fun begin!

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Where is writing, journalism and blogging going? For years, bloggers and journalists have been at each other’s throats. Bloggers accuse journalists of being old fashioned and outdated. Journalists lambast bloggers for lacking quality and, quite often, facts. In order to survive, bloggers must produce a myriad of posts per day – usually brief snippets of information, 500 words or less (on average). Breaking news is hit by bloggers first because of the immediacy and accessibility of the Internet. In the event of an earthquake, shooting or some other disaster, the last few years have proven that bloggers get the word out first.

The problem with bloggers, however, is that quality is sometimes lacking. Since anyone can own and operate a blog, content can become disorganized and spelling and grammar aren’t always perfect. Without editors and copy editors, you might be receiving your news from a 14-year-old giving his or her account of an event. Of course, larger and more reputable blogs have editors and capable writers, but they still sometimes suffer under the pressure of generating instantaneous news.

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What the hell is happening with the English language? This is, by no means, an original rant as I’ve read several like it before, but I decided to chime in. There have been several other pieces and books written by many authors who have loathed the diretion in which English is headed. To start, I am not perfect and neither is my writing, usage and grammar. But it’s still a far cry from the “lolz we talk lyk dis on da iNt3rnetz” talk that people genuinely use! Sure, I’ll joke around and end a word with the letter “z” every so often in the company of friends and those who know it’s all in good fun. Plural words begin to end with a “z” and even words that aren’t plural (ex. im gonna headz to da coffee shopz. meet u there! lolz).

What’s worse is the failure to make the possessive and contraction distinction. I really hate it when people say “your” when they mean “you’re.” We all learned that in 2nd grade, so what’s so hard about it? Same goes for the its/it’s confusion; the former is possessive and the latter is a contraction and short for “it is.”

I’ll admit that as of late, I’ve been getting lazy myself. I always abhorred “LOL” but find myself using it every so often. I also had a strong distaste for “BRB” and “GTG” or “G2G.” I don’t use the last two so much, but it’s become normal in IM and SMS talk that it’s going to end up poisoning the language. Maybe I’m being extreme, but it’s not hard to see where this could be going.

Speaking of acronyms and laziness, one that bothers me a lot is the mixture of two or three word cities, towns and neighborhoods: WeHo (pronounced wee-hoe) for West Hollywood, SoMa for South of Market, NoHo for North Hollywood, SoHo for South of Houston (how-stun) and so on. Is it that fucking hard to say the name of the city as it was named? If your name was John Hopkins, would you appreciate it if I called you JoHo?

Let’s clean up the laziness in our work and even our daily banter. Why not make an effort to spell things out, learn correct and proper usage (I’m guilty of this, too) and write without making glaring and painful mistakes every now and then?

Who’s late to the party? Yes, that’s right it’s me! Sorry to disappoint my handful of readers, but I have been ill and very busy lately. I hope you all had a brilliant start to the new year. I’m sure many of you have probably broken some resolutions already, but that’s okay. Resolutions are meant to be broken – their only real purpose is to make you feel better at the beginning of the year for everything that went wrong during the prior year. How’s that for optimism? I’d like to turn you now to my new radio station. In addition to doing this blog, I thought it would be fun to accompany it with some audio. You can listen to my first show at the link provided below. Be patient, I get cut off for almost nearly a minute! My phone got cut out while I was using it to tether my laptop to the internet and talk for the show at the same time. Never a great idea. Have fun y’all and hopefully we’ll have a great new year! Keep your eyes peeled as I will updated this more frequently.

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I’m a little late to the party with this entry, but the last two days were holidays so I give myself a pass. For those of you who read this blog or simply stumble upon it, I hope you all had a great holiday season! As for yours truly, I couldn’t have asked for more. It was mellow and easy going. I talked to friends that I haven’t spoken to in a while (isn’t it odd that you’ll get texts and calls from people you haven’t heard from in ages?) and spent Christmas day with someone new and special to me. All in all, it was really nice and satisfaction and contentment hardly touches the surface when trying to express how I feel. Of course, New Year’s Eve is still coming up and that is even more excitement to be anticipated! I’ve never been one for resolutions because I always felt that positive life changes don’t have to wait until year’s end, but they should be done as soon as your mind conjures them up. I’ll still be writing before the New Year, but here’s a somewhat late Merry Christmas and very early Happy New Year!

Hey all, yours truly had a total blast at the Blackberry Storm launch party last night. Saw the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age – awesome show! Saw the likes of Kat Von D, Joe Rogan, Seth Rogen, girls from the new 90210 series, one of the American Idol contestants from a few seasons back (Ryan Starr, I think?) and a host of other celebzzz. For more details, pics, and to see live blogging reports from yesterday, hit the link!

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I love Slate, I really do, and I typically don’t have any problems with their columnists or contributing writers (I used to have a strong dislike for Meghan O’Rourke thinking she was arrogant, but she’s grown on me). I wanted to read the article on Sarah Palin’s college fiasco, but was a little overwhelmed by the first paragraph – so I decided to put it off for now. What stands out about that paragraph? First, there are far too many links on it. Blogging and Internet writing has effectively killed off the art (if it is actually an art) of citation. The convenience of hyperlinking text has gone a little too far, as pictured above. How does one even digest a piece of information without being bombarded by links with references to what is being said? I have an idea. The author should either write assuming the reader knows what he or she is talking about, or feel free to add that extra sentence or two hinting at what’s being discussed instead of linking to another article. That is far too huge a distraction. Lastly, there are the parantheses. While I’m a big fan of those little buggers, too many can visually chop up a written piece.

If you can brave that paragraph, find the article here.