I doubt print will ever die.
Still, its dynamics are transforming us and our world.
I think and write like a print journalist on this blog.
I don’t want to lose the values that inform my writing…
Though, I’m sure I’m influenced by technology, I’m clinging to the fundamental old values I learned 40 years ago ~ like accountability.
That’s why I link all the time…
Admittedly, my voice has changed. The medium has altered my more disembodied, objective third person perspective. I never wrote for a newspaper in the first person singular ~ I was not that kind of columnist, I wrote features primarily ~ though for year on radio, I always wrote much like I write here.
I don’t do as much interviewing now as I used to. Instead I’m constantly finding inspiration and I do my information-gathering for these posts from the people I encounter in my life, online and in my real world. Through my teaching, my community work, my relationships with friends, family, people I meet all the time. And most of all from what I read online and in print. Media of all kinds. I read all the time.
Why not see some of my sources or fly afield, click away and do some exploring on your own…
On other websites, blogs, newspapers, magazines. Read other perspectives. Informed perspectives. From people you may not agree with… you may change your outlook. See things a little differently. Adjust your thinking. Perhaps even change your mind.
I’m not afraid of losing you if you click away from here. Not threatened in the least. I encourage it.
We’ve gone beyond the Information Age to the Conceptual Age according Daniel H. Pink ~ another fascinating and well-informed source of information and intellectual stimulation. (I love his latest videos ~ “What’s Your Sentence?”) I haven’t read his new book yet ~ Drive ~ but have a look at what it’s all about. This one is on my reading list this year.
Learn. Explore. Embrace transformation…
What’s important is to constantly challenge your assumptions. Don’t hold onto ideas for stability and comfort. Just because you’ve always believed those ideas. Maybe another side of an argument, an opposing point of view is worth consideration. I love to venture outside my comfort zone ~ to be unsure ~ to open my mind to all the brilliance at the tip of my fingers. We’re so lucky to have so much to learn. I love all these challenges. I love having the luxury of being able to change my mind all the time. To discover that another thread offers me new answers to old questions.
Keep questioning not only the ideas you’re reading but whether you really do believe them. Be critical.
And consider the language. Language shapes our perceptions. (I try to use “the language of respect,” a term coined by my friend Harold A. Maio. He’s an agent of change in the realm of healthy language, free of old stereotypes that the members of the press constantly rely upon, without questioning their thinking.
Here is one of my favourite essays on language and mental health (published in the International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation in 2006). It’s an interesting thesis with lots of fascinating material about language and perception, but curiously, Marina Del Rey, California-based author and psychologist Michael T. Walker’s language seems to belie his message, I think. In so doing, he abuses language and shows little “respect” as far as I’m concerned.
You tell me…
This blog is simply a starting point? Like Wikipedia…
When I was training as a print journalist in the dark ages 15 years before the advent of the Internet in 1984 and mainly for military and academic purposes, we still relied heavily on print. Books, encyclopedias, newspaper clippings, other writers and their ideas, in addition to our interviews ~ our original research, our direct, primary sources.
So why I am writing about print journalism on a blog?
Because print journalism is not only written but edited. As is film and video journalism. Everything is managed ~ especially the news.
Recently, I told my husband that every story I wrote at The Toronto Sun was read and re-read by at least five sets of eyes before it made it into the newspaper. (He was surprised.) Each story was edited and tweaked and corrected and carefully considered. Every single word. That was then. At The Toronto Star, where this blog was born in April 2008, I was moderated as were my comments and your comments.
Here, at Psych Central, no one edits me. Except me. That’s why I correct things long after they’ve been published. I have to be accountable. Entirely. To you. In fact, I look to you for your wisdom. And your contributions and corrections. This is a community. Open. We share.
At times, this is also potentially dangerous work because the blogosphere is not always a nice place. I’ve had my blows.
Here, I’m accountable. I must be. I have no one to shift the blame to…
But I’ve also learned fast and I take my responsibility to be as accurate as possible very seriously. I cannot blame anyone. That’s why I simply love working here at Psych Central. I have complete freedom.
That’s why I love Dr. John Grohol and his tiny team of generous and caring people, including our extraordinary Colorado-based blog manager, Jessica the Great, who is always there to help us when we need help and writes us wonderful notes every week to keep us inspired and informed.
Jessica doesn’t edit me or moderate me. She just keeps an eye on me and it’s comforting to know she’s always there. At first, I was nervous. Now, I’m okay. And she tells me I’m okay when I’m feeling guilty about not blogging as regularly as I should be and her words mean the world to me.
I want to change with the times. I don’t want to fight the times. And The Times They Are a-Changing. Thank you, Bob Dylan. That immortal song was written in 1965. Still as authentic today as it was then.
Everything New is Already Old…
That’s not easy to live with. It’s human nature to resist change, no matter how old or young you are.
Cheers to a new year, new ideas, new possibilities , new perspectives, new beginnings and changes…