The Science of Journalism

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


To: Charles M. Blow - chblow@nytimes.com

Cc: Paul Krugman - prkrugman@nytimes.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 20 Jun 2016 06:00 CDT

Subject: Talk About Stupid??

Obviously, Mr. Blow, you are NOT a stupid person -- and neither is Paul. I am referring to the combined actions of the Opinion Columnists at the New York Times. Net, net, they have got to be the dumbest group of very intelligent journalists. And, of course, I must consider the fact that you are paid by an organization whose combined task is to publicize the philosophy of the person that does the hiring and firing.

Actually, I am aiming at all the opinionaters that work for the NYT, since I am using their rss feed as my source -- each and every column goes into my database -- after editing to remove all the garbage that the NYT adds for their unknown purpose.

I like reading opinionaters, as opposed to news journalists because it is far more efficient. After all, it is a lot of work to process the news (the Who, What, Where and When) to get the meat (the How and the Why). By reading the opinionaters, I let you do the drudge work while I get to pick and choose the opinions that best suit my needs.

However, My Way creates a different problem -- and that's where the stupid classification comes in. You guys are missing a fabulous opportunity to educate the public and improve the operation of the entire organization.

The world has changed with the introduction of the Personal Computer/Internet Combination. The Ignorant are oblivious of that fact -- but can be educated. The Stupid acknowledge the change but refuse to adjust, for whatever reason. There is a third category -- those with Ulterior Motives. They refuse to accept the facts of life, hoping they will go away -- you know the kind, right?? 

I would be willing to bet that there are thousands of people, like me, willing to subscribe to an enhanced New York Times that provided the ability to discuss opinions with the writers and other subscribers -- especially if my contribution is "published and indexed" for access by other readers.

You may never know what you might learn and how your opinions might change if you had to explain them to John/Jane Q. Public.

BTW, I am copying Paul Krugman (actual email address unknown) as he needs to concentrate on validating his economic philosophy thru the organized "Peer review" process (assuming he really wants to help solve a major problem). Please forward a copy of this post to him. 

Thanks for your attention.

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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