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October 11, 2014
Geoff thinks the articles are too long, that you cover everything and maybe you ought to leave some
thoughts for the reader...
You're right about the length/density................ and wrong. It will self-correct some
as others besides me contribute articles. But there's a sense in which it really should/will have many
longer, denser articles (even if you don't read them). The sense that Newton Minow intended
when he started the public broadcasting system and chaired the FCC. It wasn't to broadcast a
bunch of popular programs everybody wanted to hear. It was to give air time to specialized programs
that had a very hard time getting broadcast or advertisers. He envisioned
NPR as a place you'd tune in only when you were really interested in what was offered, and the rest of
it, no. [stopped reading yet?]]
TZN is a little like that. Journalists might read through the whole "Debut article" because
it has some novel ideas about what makes a story "biased'. People with oil trains going through
their back yards, or advocates trying to stop the trains might read through the 'Oil Trains' piece
because it offers a very different strategy than they're using. But nobody else would. [stopped reading yet?]
So its a bit of a balancing act. The Z is more interested in readers with a personal interest in a subject, than with some "general audience" (whatever that is). Otherwise, TZN would just degenerate into the kind of pablum NPR has become. That's not what I'm doing at all. so its a yes & no kind of thing. [stopped reading yet?]
btw: We're not much interested in "real names" around the TZN. What our correspondants write and think is name
enough, much more important than what name they might use. Still, we're pretty sure
this comment from 'FHK' is from Kermit the Frog (or, as he prefers to be indexed in the library catalogs,
"Frog, Heroic Kermit"). So thanks, Kermit, for taking time from your busy schedule to
think of us. You've truly been an inspiration to generations of z-axis thinkers. -- RS [this part was good, though]
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