by Lee Camp
by Samantha Berkhead
Two hundred years ago, poetry dominated western society as the premier art form. Poets such as William Wordsworth and Lord Byron had a devoted readership of millions during and after their lifetimes. Words made sense of the surrounding world and its beauty as well as the often-elusive human soul.
Yet today, poetry occupies the outermost circles of our waning cultural focus.
The evidence lies at your fingertips. Do a comparative search between Kim Kardashian and William Wordsworth on Google Trends. You’ll see Kardashian’s graph gradually rise over time like an economist’s fantasy. Wordsworth’s, however, remains a flat line hugging the lowest part of the y-axis.
No “bright young things” in today’s world of poetry have captivated a mass audience. We think of poetry as a dry, snobby way to whine about our feelings; inaccessible words reserved for dust-covered academic types.
Today I will get treated like the 1%. That is, the 1% of the world that are terrorists. Today, I am flying from Cleveland to Albuquerque. This sure isn’t what I thought being a member of the 1% would be like.
But, still, there are things to be grateful for.
We left on the Monday before Thanksgiving, so the security lines were short. On Wednesday, a lot more of the 99% will get the 1% treatment. And many will probably not maintain their sense of humor about it. Continue reading
Journalism’s aggregator-in-chief, Jim Romenesko, has launched his new site, Jim Romenesko.com. In one of his first postings (it’s Romenesko -he has already been hard at work reporting and posting other content, so you have to scroll down to find this item) he gave his side of the Poynter saga. Poynter is considered the gold standard for continuing journalists’ education.
Romenesko was publicly corrected by his Poynter editor for not using quotations, just links, in his aggregations, a practice he’d been following for the dozen years he’d written the blog for Poynter.
I used blog posts and stories from Poynter, Columbia Journalism Review and others to launch a discussion on appropriate attribution for aggregators for students in my press law and ethics course at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.