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Balance March 11, 2009

Posted by The Typist in 504, Bloggers, Citizen Journalism, New Orleans, NOLA.
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As part of our continuing campaign to keep this from turning into the Grandpa Elliot blog (wow but that guy can drive some traffic in), here’s another bit a lazy snipping from Pistolette. The same subject has been on my mind. There’s so much I could say about conditions in this city, but then others–E, Schroeder, Oyster,that Yellow Blog guy–who dedicate themselves to citizen journalism do such a fine job I’d just be an echo.

Anyway, Pistolette sums up my feelings on why I write about what I do write about here on Toulouse Street (and why I don’t write about the sort of things that used to fill up Wet Bank Guide long ago).

I don’t want to discuss politics or social issues here anymore. There is something disharmonious about having a whimsical cooking post backed up to a long rant about the mayor or city council. It just doesn’t feel right to me. So Pistolette will stick to personal and lifestyle posts. As I’ve mentioned many times, part of staying happy and sane in a place like Nola requires you to simultaneously face and tackle the destruction and corruption around you while remembering why you’re doing it – the good things – that familiar home culture of people, food, history, imagery, fests, family, architecture – a cocktail of physical and emotional beauty not found anywhere else. Too much of the good stuff and you’re in denial, too much of the bad stuff and you’re wallowing. You need to keep that balance going, and it’s not always easy. Yet another mental fee to pay if you want the privilege, not the right, to live here.

I promise to return from lazy cut-and-post behavior once I’ve finished my submission for the Finn McCool’s St. Patrick’s Day writing contest. I also plan to start writing about public affairs in the greater city and not just the insular world of Toulouse Street on the HumidCity.com platform, at least when the issue seems to call for comment and no one else on the HC team is stepping up.

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1. liprap - March 11, 2009

Sweet! You’re entering the contest? Good luck..may the Irish luck be with ye!

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2. Wet Bank Guy - March 11, 2009

And there’s a keg of Guinness at the end of that rainbow, so I’m hoping for a winner.

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3. anonymous - March 11, 2009

E is a delusional putz. The only place he’ll lead anyone is off the cliff.

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4. Adrastos - March 11, 2009

I’m glad you’ll be writing about local politics from time to time again soon. You know so much more than some who do so right now.

I’m not sure that Jeffrey would agree with your calling him a “citizen-journalist” since that implies some reporting. He, like me, is more of an op-ed analyst type. The NOLA blogger who really does some original reporting is Dambala, no one else comes close.

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5. pistolette - March 12, 2009

There’s so much I could say about conditions in this city, but then others–E, Schroeder, Oyster,that Yellow Blog guy–who dedicate themselves to citizen journalism do such a fine job I’d just be an echo.

Unlike you though, I don’t feel any of the other political bloggers sum up my feelings. If they did I wouldn’t feel the responsibility to keep blogging about it at another locale. Sometimes I agree with Oyster and think he does the best job at being objective. But most of the others write from an overly-biased, overly passionate platform that I think is hard for the average Nola voter to relate to.

Good luck with the writing contest! I look forward to seeing your contributions on HC. I think you have a very philosophical perspective that is needed in our debates.

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