Dear Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Please teach Eugene Kane how to use spell check.

Mr. Kane wrote a stunning (cough, cough) piece of investigative reporting the other day about my favorite subject: blogging. I am going to reprint it entirely, against my usual form, since it is the spelling and language use that are the focus of this post. I’ve made bold the mistakes.

Just a few years ago, citizen bloggers were all the rage. They were actually going to replace the mainstream media, remember?

Seems that movement has been derailed lately as this New York Times piece suggests. Many citizen bloggers are now ‘retired’ after realizing that wasn’t going to happen.

The successful blogs in today’s media are actually pretty mainstream, particularly political blogs that are frequently cited by newspaper columnists or editorial writers. The days of solitary citizen bloggers sending their opinons out into the blogosphere to attract attention seem to be a thing of the past.

As this article points out, it’s more about Twitter and Facebook these days.

Back in the day, there were some assorted local bloggers in town who used to be more prominent than they are today, mainly because the right-wing mainstream blogs would always cited their stuff. I still read the liberal blog Wallah! on occasion to watch them slam the right-wing crowd, but for the most part, the days of citizen bloggers seems to have passed.

Sure, you can accuse me of being bias because I’m on JSonline. But I have always said, it’s not really about the blog, it’s about the Internet portal. Like everything else, unless you’re being read it’s like a tree falling in the forrest.

Is anybody really listerning anymore?

And Wallah! is Whallah! as Mary from Freedom Eden points out.

Now I’m not sure what Mr. Kane does in his spare time, but he should probably notice that a few of us citizen bloggers are alive and well. Heck, we’re even breaking stories for the MJS to pick up. Stories like swingsets on rooftops that end up going national. Or the first to report a train accident in Elm Grove. (And that’s in less than a month!) In fact, he should probably realize that his paper writes about a story a week that wouldn’t be out there if not for one of those disappearing citizen journalists.

Pop that in your spell checker, Eugene.


  1. Wilson828 says:

    Why do you read Kane? He’s a bigot. His opinions are slanted and not representative of anyone important. Ditto for Laurel Walker who is menace in Waukesha – she thinks she’s so clever with a turn of a phrase, but she’s narrow minded and ignorant. Never read the editorials by these people – they’re not news. Actually, I don’t read the MJS .. they don’t really report news anyway. After being witness to how it’s really done the old adage of not believing everything you read in the paper is so very true.

  2. I don’t read him. I just saw the post on Freedom Eden and thought all the mistakes were a hoot.