Tuesday, March 4, 2008

suspension of gravity

A little light noise today.

I'm going to get back to my music writer series shortly. I've gotten some nice personal response on it. I think the point of my bothering with it was to show what I do isn't all that special. Once you get past the initial "gulp, they're famous" it's pretty easy to move on. The hard part is coming up with questions and doing the little dance back and forth that's conversation with a stranger.

More on that soon.

Meanwhile, a big shout out to my lazy, unimaginative, derivative homeboys over at Graffiti, who also decided it would be cool to slice and dice my article about Rock 105's Valentine's day giveaway for some lame ass filler piece. They lifted the quotes and threw in some snark, which is like they wrote their own article, but without actually doing any of the work.

The writing is better, but the paper as a whole gets less interesting every issue. However, I can not deny the power of the free paper. It gets plenty of traffic in your average men's room -which fits the direction of the paper.

Unrelated, but I actually got into a brief discussion with an employee at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, who thought the agency should use Graffiti as some kind of spiritual mentor to keep hip and up to date. There are not enough words to describe how dumb an idea that is.

They still don't get what it is they have over there and I've given up ever trying to explain. What a waste.


Anonymous said...

don't give up on public broadcasting, Bill...

(Graffiti is frustrating because I feel like it _could_ be good....if it was organized a bit better, written/edited a bit better...a bit more statewide focused (or at least stop pretending to be statewide and just being a WVU/Morgantown paper...) I wish I could find the Gazz out more places...I'm glad I can find a copy to read over a cup of tea at the mall...


moneytastesbad said...

I have to disagree about Graffiti being a Morgantown/WVU paper. It is far from it. It seems to me the local content focuses on Parkersburg/ Marietta (WV Paper????), but the majority of the content you could find in the USA today.

primalscreamx said...

It's kind of an x/y thing for Graffiti. They're owned by Ogden media, whose local holding is Parkersburg News. I think the two guys they have writing most of the stuff are WVU journo grads. The one, Spanner I think, hasn't cut the cord and maybe lurks near the campus a bit.
Whatever, however. They blow goats.

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moneytastesbad said...

I saw in the last issue that I actually read (which is becoming more and more rare) that they are looking for a full timer to cover the Morgantown Area.

I miss the old event calender thingy they used to have in the centerfold. You could actually use it to find out what was going on in your area. The format they use now is not very user friendly.

The only good thing they have added is the strip club directory in the back.

I can't believe I feel this way, but I sure miss Mike Lipton