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My mom held this banner on the corner of 13th & University Avenue in Gainesville, FL, at an Iraq war protest. The banner is a quote from Martin Luther King: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
That's what I'll be doing from now until forever -- not staying silent about things that matter. I'll always think of my mom holding this banner.
I'm old enough to have had the NYTimes delivered daily to my door and to especially savor Sundays when the paper arrived with all of its bulk and I knew that a good part of my day would be devoted to the Book Review and the Magazine and one of Will Shortz' crosswords, all while sipping many cups of coffee. And then the digital age happened...I get the NYTimes, as I do most everything I read, online. Digitized. And we all know the order of the day is different, as is the order of everything we read. No more beginning to end. We jump around. Like bees on flowers. There's another flower. And another.
How does a newspaper respond to this? That's the question the New York Times set out to explore and here is a link to their findings, as reported on Buzzfeed:
It's a tough business, no doubt. Amidst all of this turmoil, the NYTimes quite unceremoniously showed Jill Abramson the door. Mere readers will never know any, or all, of the machinations that went into the decision of tossing out the first female executive editor in NYTime's history, but I can say, most definitely, that the way it was done stinks to high heaven. They do want to assure everyone that her firing had nothing to do with gender discrimination or equal pay issues:
For the first time ever, I'm thinking of cancelling my subscription to the NYTimes.
For sheer genius, there is nothing better than this instagram photo of Jill Abramson posted by her daughter the day after the NYTimes tossed out the baby with the bathwater:
photo by Therese Flanagan - Available for licensing by Getty Images
What This Inauguration Means to Our President
I was in Grant Park on election night in 2008. It was thrilling! May we be as fortunate again on this day. Obama 2012...Forward!
I was in Grant Park on election night in 2008; it was thrilling! We're going to do it again on Tuesday!!
I was in Grant Park, in Chicago, on election night in 2008. It was thrilling! We're going to do it again next Tuesday!!
(This was a shaky bit of recording. I was standing near a ditch, and I had a heavy DSLR camera in one hand and this little point and shoot video recorder in the other.)
I was having a little fun with photoshop tonight!