Or are we all just becoming morons?
I had the pleasure of meeting with one of the great Peoria bloggers, Billy Dennis, the other day.
While discussing this new buzzword called "citizen journalism", our conversation turned to the lack of decent, local writing. Of course, the Peoria Journal Star came up.
I used to subscribe to the Journal Star every day. It was part of my routine. Coffee and the tangible feel of a good newspaper. I enjoyed it, and when I moved away, I missed reading about my town and surrounding areas.
Now it seems as if there's no need. I occasionally hop on pjstar.com and read the headlines, but the articles are incomplete and rather pointless. Occasionally, they'll have a well-written human interest story, like the one on Dennis Slape by reporter Clare Howard. And I must say one of my guilty pleasures is Phil Luciano's column. But other than that, it's mostly AP-regurgitated news and hurriedly-written text that's inconclusive, not to mention riddled with typos.
To paraphrase Bon Jovi, "You give writing a bad name".
I lamented to Billy - and he agreed - that the well-written word is becoming extinct. I think the public appreciates it when they read it, but those in charge - in any aspect - seem to be complacent with mediocre prose. And it's too bad.
Remember the last time you read a good book? Or even a great article - that inspired, informed or enlightened. You can appreciate it, right? Or have we all gotten so comfortable with sub-standard stories that we expect nothing more?
I don't do many things well, but I can write. My goal is to at least help to bring back the appreciation of the written word and the power that it contains. Well-written copy can make the difference in how you perceive a person, see a service, or are persuaded to purchase a product. It's important, and it's a dying art.
Just some words of wisdom from this wistful writer.