I’m always hesitant to post entries like that last one, because I don’t want to give the wrong impression. And there are so many wrong impressions to choose from! In particular, I don’t want to give the impression that I’m laboring under the delusion that I am a lone bastion of quality work here on this Internet, because (1) my work could use improvement and (2) there are plenty of other writers I look up and (3) I’m not the only person chafing under the Internet’s new regime of cherry ad words and Google-baiting. For that matter, neither am I venting about my day job; we have some subtle but intriguing ideas at play at 1UP that, I hope and pray, will help us to work around the system.
What I am, however, is unhappy about the way “new media” has simply adopted the worst practices of old media, amplified them, and thrown out all the good. I am worried that before long my unwillingness to think in terms of (or, to be more honest, my inability to wrap my head around) traffic and metrics will make me as useless and unemployable as the cranky old journalist who refused to learn to use computers ten years ago.
So, anyway, thank you for the very nice things you’ve all said, but that wasn’t really what I was after. Unfortunately, what I’m after is a large-scale ecumenical change in the things people value online, and in the way they read, which is a change I don’t think this site’s modest readership will be able to effect.
(However, if you do happen stumble across some kind of mass mind-control technique, please feel free to put it to use for me.)