What’s all this then?

Many years ago I was professional journalist. After about 15 years of that mess, I got burned out & decided to just be a writer. After a couple of years of that, I was so discouraged by the whole process, stress & lack of success (hey) that I pretty much put the kibosh on that little endeavor & spent the next decade wandering the streets of the French Quarter.

For reasons we shan’t go into in this moment, I moved back home a couple years ago & found myself with what I’d been missing for the past 20 years: Time. I could finally waste my time writing without (initially) having to worried about making rent. Plus, I had no excuse not to.

So that brings us to this. The entire media landscape has radically changed since the last time I made a go at the written word &, to be quite frank, apart from not ever having to interview anyone ever again, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, much less what I could do to make a living.

What we have here, therefor, is an old-school blog. Since I’ve been a news and politics junkie for years, and it’s one of the few things I can focus on, that’s where the concentration is. What I want to do is what I used to do as a journalist: address things in this complicated world so everyone can understand them. I want to make it easy for people to grasp why the government does what it does, why politicians act like they do, why the media covers it like it does, and how that all affects the “regular people” like you and me.

Fair warning. If you’re going to warble about “bias” or “lack of objectivity,” you’ve come to the wrong place. I am extremely left wing and make no bones about. I’m a firm believer in the concept that total journalistic objectivity only exists in box scores on the sports page and that so long as we recognize bias – either our own or the media we consume – we can use every source available to bring enlightenment and elucidation.

I do not take things seriously and I am an absurdist at heart. You have to laugh. I make no promises on anything and don’t care the argue the point. However, I will honor the Truth, seek Beauty and champion the Good. Plus, we might have a little fun.

If you’re interested in other, less journalistic takes on the world, check out my Blogger page (or Gibberish, as I like to call it) or Tumblr page (which I haven’t come up with a clever name, but it’s mostly about music). I also have a Patreon if you’re feeling generous.

Come share the ride, won’t you?