Multimedia News Sites that Refresh Constantly are an Affront to My Intelligence

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I spend a lot of my day reading news. When I say “a lot” I mean roughly 2 – 3 hours of it.  Maybe this is normal in this day and age. Through my daily readings, I have come to understand the best way I absorb and retain information gathered from the internet, and I realize my way is in direct reaction to being “plugged into various magical boxes”, whether they be computers, television (and music videos with 3 – second cuts) and/or video game consoles.

When I find a website that keeps my attention for more than 30 minutes, I am delighted. If it is a news website, even better. If an article has video, audio, pictures and paragraphs? Heavaaaaaaan (in a sing-song voice)!  When news sites mix mediums, (CBS Chicago is my example), the pause I take from text to listening/watching related audio/video gives me time to contemplate the issue, leading to a better understanding of what I am reading. Sometimes, I get so confident with all the information I have processed that I form my own opinions on the issue! (How wacky is that!?)

CBS at face value looks like the perfect site for me, and it could be if they gave this habit up. All articles are related to Weis and his retirement, an issue I was looking into when I noticed this dirty little habit of CBS (habit is the title, duh!) Read the rest of this entry »


Rahm’s second fake twitter, followed (perhaps written) by Karl Rove

The original fake Rahm’s twitter account has been getting more press lately, following the real Rahm Emanuel’s offer of $2,500 to the author if he/she reveals him/herself. See NBC’s article about it here, and here is USA Today’s.

Perhaps inspired by the popularity of this fake twitter, a new fake Rahm Emanuel twitter was created about 5 days ago, @MayorRahmE. This newer fake twitter has a little bit more than 300 followers, and is significantly lacking the wit (or any sense of humor, really) and intelligence of the original.  The very first tweet on this new fake twitter is below:

This new fake twitter writes in CAPS AT IRREGULAR INTERVALS and seems to make fun of Rahm (and his ballet skills) directly, rather than indirectly like the ingenious original fake twitter.

Surprisingly, one of the original followers of this new, bad fake Rahm twitter is Karl Rove, or who ever is in charge of his twitter. Karl Rove does not follow the better, original fake Rahm twitter.


I’ve been in three separate publications in the last 24 hours

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….and it wasn’t because I submitted any articles!

First, I was quoted in the Tribune’s RedEye on an article about female gamers….

Eordogh, a freelance video game writer, said she used to play PC games under the screen name “Laser Kitty,” but changed it to “Laser Gandalf” because of the perverted or sexualized comments she’d receive from male players who concluded she was female.

“When I play online, I get a lot of comments like ‘Show me your boobs,’ ” Eordogh said. “If a girl wants to be sexy, that’s fine, but I wish I wasn’t held to the same standards. I just want to play games, not be stereotyped.”

– “Play girls: the life of a female gamer in Chicago“, by Ryan Smith

I say something else too, but I want you to click the link. I made sure to get 2 hard copies of the RedEye yesterday.

And it was brought to my attention this morning, that there is a photo of me on the Huffington Post under an article titled Ladies Love Rahm. The photograph was taken on Saturday when I got to ask Rahm Emanuel a softball question. An internet/twitter colleague found the photo in the AP database. To see a larger version of the picture, click here.

UPDATED:

And, a photo of me is on Gawker as well! (With Rahm Emanuel of course)


I got to ask Rahm Emanuel a question, in person…

… Check out my post about my experience on my hyperlocal neighborhood blog here.

The whole experience made me question what kind of journalist I want to become. I started the Albany Park Post blog under citizen journalist sentiments, and if I were to get a degree in Journalism, it would only be if I decided to become a serious, hard-hitting journalist – something I never thought I would want to be.  I know whatever I am doing now, let’s call it a freelance writer thing,  I am not doing it properly. I am still paralyzed by various personal fears – for instance,  I’ve been sitting on a large story about a local art institution for months, and I haven’t finished it  because I don’t want to be sued (the female in my story is a little odd, and the suing type).

“If you’re not pissing someone off, you’re not doing it right”… I get that. But growing up, I wanted to be a lot of things… and a hard-hitting news journalist was never one of them.


Chicago is a hot-bed for start-ups after all!

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Tracy Swartz wrote a whole article in the RedEye I can use as  ammunition  against the New York and San Francisco tech-snobs:

These young up-and-comers said they prefer Chicago to start-up hotbeds such as San Francisco and New York City because office space and payroll are cheaper, talent is easier to find and keep, and top business schools at universities including Northwestern and the University of Chicago are nearby.

The increased recognition has brought benefits. One of the problems Chicago entrepreneurs used to face was little access to funding. West Coast investors now are recognizing that Chicago firms are worth the investment, Rudnick said, and they’re not requiring these companies to move to Silicon Valley.

via “Think Big! Young Chicagoans cashing in on tech ventures

I am also partial to this article because Tracy highlighted non- Groupon start-ups in a positive light. Hot.


Walking through the 2011 Blizzard, Chicago: a photo story

I left my house around 8pm to go watch Groundhog Day, Clueless, and Sixteen Candles at a friends apartment. I was compelled by some wayward adventurous spirit and amused myself with thoughts of Laura Ingalls Wilder upon setting out. If she could walk a half-mile in the snow to school every day, I could walk 1.6 miles in the snow easy.  “Screw all this hype about the storm – the last couple of storms have been huge let downs!” was my thinking…

I did  bust out my  black stuffed-down -sleeping-bag of a jacket, for the first time this winter. Just in case.

I exited through my back alleyway to check out the scenary and the wind hit me hard in the face with snow-sand. My hood kept getting blown back so it was necessary for me to hold it in place with one hand. My hat and scarf were not enough – and the part where I breathed into the scarf turned to ice later any way.  Not only was the wind hitting me in the face with sharp evil snow, but it was also trying to undress me: the wind was strong enough to undo my snap buttons, and later, the bottom of my zipper. I stopped at the greek Cafe Restaurant on Lawrence to redo my zipper.

At one point, after sliding backwards a couple of steps,  I held onto a pole. It was during this walk that I perfected my squatting-while-walking-into-the-wind-technique. I am quite proud of it. It took me about 45 minutes to walk a distance that normally took 30 minutes. Easy.

Full of movie magic, sugar and alcohol, I emerge 6 hours later.  Lawrence is no longer a street in Chicago, but a foreign world of white.  The snow storm gods had proven their power and I would be wise to show reverence.

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Rahm Emanuel goes from Top Dog to Underdog

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I don’t know what it is about Chicago and the new Millennium, but this city is determined to remain in the media spotlight. In two years, Chicago has tirelessly churned out nationally compelling news stories:  Obama’s presidency,  Blagojevich’s absurdity, the botched privatization of the parking meters, the failed Olympic bid,  last years violent summer including Derrion Albert’s death, King Daley’s shocking retirement, and now, the latest,  Rahm Emanuel’s right to run for mayor of Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »