The Science of Journalism

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Liz Spayd - public@nytimes.com

Cc: Margaret Sullivan - margaret.sullivan@washpost.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 16 Sep 2016 12:00 CDT

Subject: I am sorry ladies...

...but you don't seem to understand what is happening.

We, in the United States of America, are in deep, deep shit. Which, of course, affects the rest of the world.

We are attempting to decide which of two incompetent persons we want to screw up our government even worse. Neither Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton have any ideas about the nature of the problems we face and how to solve them.

As one individual (unknown by me) said many years ago, "It has to get worse before it gets better." 

Just how bad does it have to get before we wake up and stop this destructive behavior.

Liz, you wrote about the Phil Corbett memo reminding staffers about policies. Those policies were 20th century, letters to the editor, one way communication type policies, the best we had at the time.

We now live in the 21st century and we have two-way capability -- and guess what -- we cripple the reader with slow transmission speed while the writer gets higher transmission speed.

Margaret, you wrote about fixing the comments, and I agree, generally. However, what we really need is full blown, two-way, equal speed transmission and the software to support person to person discussion.

Journalists need to become teachers instead of reporters. You can't command people to change their behavior, that would be anti-democracy. You can, however, teach people the facts of life and hope that they make the right decisions.

Now, obviously, there is a lot more to be said; however, you both will probably ignore this memo -- and that is your privilege. And I will be able to point to this posting and say:

I Told You So

to be continued (of course)

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention).

BTW, I am working on a replacement system for individuals -- and I sure could use some help. Please see http://pdmsb.com, a work-in-process.

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