Wednesday, July 2, 2008

An open letter to the Internet.

Dear Internet:

You are a liar and a thief and I can prove it.
Read this.

You leave in your wake a path of destruction and mayhem, littered with the corpses of hundreds and thousands of journalism jobs—some of which didn't even really get the chance to start. Which means you
aborted a whole grip of writing careers in embryo. How do you sleep at night, Internet? With a light on, so the restless ghosts of the newsies you've slaughtered don't get you in your sleep?

You promised us opportunities. You promised unlimited news sources and blogs and live-from-wherever-web-streaming. And yet, you only came through for Perez Hilton and TMZ, who we're not even going to dignify with links.

We knew what we were getting into with the obscenely low pay and the soul-crushing editors and such. But if we had known five years ago that you were going to make us obsolete, we would have just kept on going for that Master's in...something else.

Love,

Anyone who
used to want to be a reporter.

P.S. If I knew an emoticon for the middle finger, I would include that here.


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