Archive for April, 2013


best and worst jobs – the kind of thing you read at work

April 22, 2013

It’s unfortunate that it’s always stupid articles that provoke a post from me. But, per the previous post, I am thinking about social media and mobile technologies every day, and I’ll probably write extensively about it this week, now that I got a few deadlines out of the way. Today’s provocative post comes courtesy of the the Wall Street Journal blog, which reported on a survey by that ranked 200 of the best and worst jobs. What’s interesting is that as a survey, this list really ranks self-perceptions, which means people on the lower end are really channeling their self-loathing. Keep that in mind as you go through the bottom 50. My immediate thought is, “Wow, there are so many kinds of journalists…and they all really hate themselves.”

A couple of my responses/thoughts that I sent up on Facebook:

– Corporate Exec is 155, two spots behind Janitor. “No, Ma, I don’t want to zip around on corporate jets, I want to clean up urine-drenched toilet bowls in a public school.”

– What would be interesting is to (theoretically, like at a bar) compare jobs if you are successful in them, because I imagine (again, theoretically) that a successful newspaper reporter would have a pretty good thing going whereas no matter how a great a janitor you are, still, toilets. On the other end, a failed any kind of job is tough because it’s not the job that sucks, it’s you.


slow slow media

April 8, 2013

During a talk (I think at CIMA) in D.C. last week, I recalled hearing a startling observation that made me think, “Oh, that’s me.” It was about how social media forms, Facebook in particular, has caused people to stop posting on personal blogs as much because it’s quicker, easier and better connected, whereas a blog can be somewhat onerous to go through multiple pages for a new post with less reward (i.e., no friend network to translate into a guaranteed audience). I found the point compelling because when I thought about it that has been my exact behavior. I still prefer developing my points and engaging in discussions but now it’s done via Facebook, which is less ideal. There are problems of history, narrative and authorship with Facebook posts that still make me uncomfortable so I think I will try to shift back to blogging more. That said, blogs can be onerous and there is a process there but one aspect of it that both excites and discourages me is that I edit my blog posts before publishing. It takes work, but it also means it’s more worthwhile to read (I hope). And that’s a respectable quality. There’s too much sloppiness on social media even while it’s touted as a journalistic tool. Technology shouldn’t mean less discipline and craftsmanship – but, too often, it does.

Many more thoughts on social media use and journalism in upcoming posts this week.

So, for now, if Facebook is also cat memes and photos of dogs underwater, then my blog will be all pathos – captured in this portrait of my dog, Chauncey.


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April 2013