Rising Tide IV was by all accounts another stimulating and successful event. Particularly to be noted is that this conference has been cobbled together, not by an organization, but a group of individuals with day jobs, and scant experience in the “proper” way one plans and hosts such events. The rough around the edges quality of the venue, assortment of chairs, kooky green stage lights and so on really makes it clear that this is the product of (to use the much overused term) outsiders and upstarts who will not let you off with polite applause.
So, back to that “outsiders and upstart” thing, one post RT tradition is reading exactly what sort of backhand compliment the Times-Picayune will bestow on the event in the Sunday paper. Of course, acknowledging “bloggers” as anything other than an unseemly lot of cutthroats and villains which any sensible person would promptly ignore and up their subscription to the “balanced” and “dignified” mimeographed pamphlet that the Times Picayune seems to have shrunken to, is clearly against editorial policy. So, as with last year they instead focus solely on the keynote and minimize any mention of exactly what the conference is about.
Efforts to accurately explain to the nation what happened in
Staff writer Katy Reckdahl would have us believe those pesky bloggers attended some sort of conference about real writers. Which, I suppose, Katy Reckdahl considers herself to be, and to prove it she proceeds to recount her impressions of Harry Shearer’s address by tripping over a sting of seemingly random quotes strung together with blocks of paraphrasing or fabricated transitions in that god awful technique that some idiot in journalism school claimed would make you seem all “journalisticy”. On the whole a real shit sandwich of "journalistism".I remember how the biggest dolts I knew in college were “communications” majors, but seriously, does this person really get paid for this? I understand the wheels really came of the profession when the press decided they were more than "reporters", no they were "journalists" and all shall love them and despaire. No wonder they are so scared of bloggers.
And that is still pretty cool.