Anti-smoking ordinance: Check out the DMN’s live blogging. Or not.

If you’ve been following the city council’s initiative to ban smoking in bars and billiard halls, along with the existing ban in restaurants and office/retail buildings, you might be interested in following today’s debate on the topic (expected to begin around 10:30 a.m.) by clicking here to read the Morning News’ Dave Levinthal’s live blogging report from the council chambers.

I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the "live blogging" idea, though; when I’ve seen it in action, there are too many things going on. If this one follows form, Levinthal will be reporting on the council’s debate, making comments about the debate himself, taking comments from readers, and commenting on their comments even as they’re commenting on his comments and other commenters’ comments. See what I mean?

Maybe it’s just easier to wait until this afternoon and see what happens after it happens…

By |2008-12-10T12:01:00-05:00December 10th, 2008|News|1 Comment

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RICK WAMRE is president of Advocate Media. He also writes a monthly column and blogs about neighborhood issues. Email him at rwamre@advocatemag.com.                                                  

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  1. Paula December 10, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Oh, I love the “live blogging” idea. It would be fun to be the one doing it, I think (I love it that typing is once again a necessary skill and not just for women but for everyone).

    I sure hope all these problems with the internet causing newspapers to go bust and, worse, journalists to be unemployed get resolved soon. You know, it seems like if a journalist lost his newspaper job, he should be able to get a paying job on the internet since that is where the readership is going, but that hasn’t been the case. What worries me is that that means that many online news dispensers are apparently happy enough using blogging nonjournalists (and hence, those not dedicated to unbiased objectivity, not to mention good grammar) to populate their pages and to rely largely on blog activity for content. Now, I love to read opinion, but I find this very worrisome as a trend. Meanwhile, informed, objective, experienced, and brilliant journalists and writers are wilting on the vine unused, while an alarming percentage of the reading public accepts whatever they read online as the truth and lets it affect how they vote and, well, live.

    If you go searching for validation on your views, no matter how cranked up, ill-informed, or just wrong they may be, you can find that validation on the internet. It begs the question whether internet is really broadening knowledge through global communication or whether it is just providing a roundabout circuit to stay mired in our own complacency and comfort zones, reading only the “news” we want to hear. I think we’re going to miss the glaring reality check we got from the newspaper headlines one of these days. It may not have been perfect or even always objective, but it did help to keep us all on the same page at times.

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