7.24.2008

Flashback


I've agreed* to speak to about 90 Decatur teachers about blogging or technology overall silliness so I was going through some old posts to use in a power point presentation. I did this last year and I was sweating like Albert Brooks in Broadcast News.

Anyway, in looking back over the old stuff I discovered:

First, I think I used to be funnier.

Secondly, I noted the other day that I couldn't remember the last time some one drowned in Lake Bridgeport. Then a commenter reminded me I had written about one last year. I came across the above photo that accompanied that post.

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* I would like to point out that there is one person in that school district who is very persistent on me being there.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

You should have held out a little longer Bubear, she thought she was going to have to take her top off!!

Anonymous said...

I don't think Barry understands how many middle-aged women are out there just about ready to pee their pants to see him and talk to him.

Anonymous said...

They make Depends for those women.

Anonymous said...

that front page was pure gold

thank you, skip nichols

mzchief said...

To anonymous 2:33... If that is what I have to look forward to, as a thrill, when I become a middle-aged woman I want to die before I hit middle-age. I have met Barry and he is nice enough but certainly not pant wetting wonderful.

Sorry, Barron.

Anonymous said...

Why would the person that took the picture of the kid not help him and keep him from drowning? I think charges should be brought against the photographer.

Anonymous said...

You weren't funnier back then, but you were a hell of a lot better looking.

Anonymous said...

OOOOOHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! Really?!?! I get to meet you in person? Now I'm really looking forward to this training!

Anonymous said...

And for those of us who don't know why this one person is hell-bent?????????

Anonymous said...

And since most of those teachers don't know you'll be speaking to them - when & where?

Anonymous said...

Barry beware! Your blog consistently illustrates that teachers aren't always into technology.

Anonymous said...

She must be an uneducated educater.
just kiddin

RPM said...

Are these diaper wearing middle aged women working at NASA?

Anonymous said...

Next thing you know,,,,,, is that Jimmy Brazile will probably get arrested for child molesting!! Just a hunch!!

lovelit said...

I'll be at the training, BG. We'll show them that my blog is prettier than your blog:) Ha. See you there!

Anonymous said...

Don't teacher's have a moral turptitude clause in their contract?

Anonymous said...

And that is my nephew on the front page on the bottom. He was training to be a life guard. He is so cool!! :)

Anonymous said...

Uh, 3:56, your mistake is EXACTLY why Barry put it on the blog. The headline is about someone drowning, but the picture does NOT go with the headline. Very (unintentionally?) misleading by the stupid Mess. Another example of what "journalism" means today--nothing.

Anonymous said...

12:16. Oh. Never mind. The double fake Roseanne Rosanna Dana.

Anonymous said...

Journalism means something to some of us - maybe not you!

Anonymous said...

9:24, this is 12:16. You're right, journalism DOES mean something today, come to think of it--misinformation!! Obviously you've never been the victim of the Messenger slanting a story one way when ALL the evidence BEGS for the story to be told the CORRECT way--and they did it over and over and over again. Not just my biased opinion, EVERYONE who took even a casual, 5-minute look at the facts agreed. Nope, journalists just tell stories the way THEY want to--we're just LUCKY if their "wants" just happen to line up with reality. I've also been an eyewitness to Channel 8 being told undisputable facts by a local journalist who DID care about actual reality (LONG since gone now and WAY before Skip Nichol's time), and then seeing their broadcast which intentionally ignored his information and instead re-told the WRONG facts (intentionally and by CHOICE), because the truth was not scandalous and exciting. Absolutely floored me with their brazen, uncaring attitudes. Wake up, there's a reason why the journalism profession is getting a lower opinion from the public than their usual whipping boys, attorneys. They have wandered away from their "first love"--TRUTH, no matter what--and embraced ratings, popularity, sales, etc.

House of R and R said...

Geeez...why do you sweat this stuff? Your a natural! Quit being so modest.

Anonymous said...

You couldn't be pursued by a nicer incontinent.

They are still talking about your show from last year.

Anonymous said...

10:01

"Wake up, there's a reason why the journalism profession is getting a lower opinion from the public than their usual whipping boys, attorneys. They have wandered away from their "first love"--TRUTH, no matter what--and embraced ratings, popularity, sales, etc."

Wake up- yourself. I am a journalism teacher and it is offensive to me if you think we're all the same.
I have taught my students to respect the truth, and to uphold it, and I continue to teach this regularly. We study ethics longer than any other lesson in the course, and my students know the most strict of consequences if they break our ethical standards.

It's simple, wright vs. wrong. We embrace the truth, and we DO NOT wander away from it, no matter our popularity or ratings. Lord knows I'm not the most popular one around when our publications come out. But I can sleep at night knowing we did the right thing!

And, you may be right on one point, that some professionals may slant their stories one way another for their own purpose, but not all of us are that way.

And, to me, journalism doesn't mean misinformation - it never will, and it never has.

I'm sorry you've been the victim; I hope it's handled in a more professional and ethical manner next time.

Anonymous said...

10:01, you are so correct. I've been a victim of the "tell it as you want it" side of some of their stories. Not nice.

Anonymous said...

10:01 I'm glad you insist that your students study ethics. I assume that you are not the teacher of a young man who several years ago wrote a letter that was published in his local school paper.

In his paper he trashed another school in the area (his former school) in order to extoll the virtues of his current school. His venemous vitriol was filled with teen hyperbole, and insulted an entire school-former classmates, friends and teachers.

A short time after his letter appeared, he showed up at a sporting event at his former school. He was deeply hurt when his friends from that school would not speak to him. I saw him, gave him a hug, and asked about his motivation for the letter.

He was chagrined. When I asked what I had ever done to deserve his bile filled writings, he was mortified. He never intended to insult me, or any of the other faculty members I named. Or any of his friends. His feelings had been hurt by one or two people who would not allow him to take an upper level class (as a freshman) because of his lack of maturity. That was his motivation.

That night, he looked at me with tears in his eyes and assured me he was going to "make things right." It's been several years now; I guess he hasn't figured out a way to undo the harm of the published, written word.

I'm certain you were not his journalism teacher. I'm certain you would have verified his hyperbole before allowing his letter to be published. It worries me that there is a journalism teacher out there who is not as concerned with ethics. I guess that's where the other journalists are receiving their training.

Anonymous said...

Our school paper publishes letters to the editor. Many school publications, high school and beyond, never even have letters submitted. The one you speak of, I'm not familiar, but again, our stuents write, and we publish, barring no libelous material - only truth.

However, if you are recommending by definition, censorship or prior review, we do not practice that, because we maintain a level of credibility to where those processes aren't needed. We know what the limits of the law are, and we strive to stay within them all the time. Not all publications are so fortunate.

But this is a student publication, and it is here that these students, many who become journalists or journalism teachers, learn right from wrong - some learn the hard way, others vicariously.

Just as in most papers, letters are accepted on any topic, maintaining no malicious intent, liblous material, etc.

A letter by nature, is one person's opinion on an issue, topic, policy, and so on.

I hope this young man has learned from his mistake, if in fact, what he told was untrue, and was as hurtful as you say. A student publication should be held to truth, and should not be out to 'get anyone.'

Anonymous said...

Have fun tomorrow at DHS BG!