Dear WORLD CO,
I never liked your name. It's insidious, foreboding, and seems like something a superhero might battle against. Now I have a good, solid reason.
It's not just that you fired two very talented and capable people, it's more of a slow progression into flagrantly dickish behavior.
Good job though on discovering Web 2.0. I'm sure your user-generated, RSS bullshit content will garner you many awards and accolades for local coverage. But who cares about prestige or integrity anymore anyway. WHAT WITH THE ECONOMIES AND ALL, we gotta pay the billz! Let's just outsource everything! What with the webbernets, there's no need for place-based reporting, right? I mean, clearly anyone can report on anywhere from anywhere these days. I know I love it when people pretend they're in New Orleans and know what the hell is going on here.
Look, I understand the death of the Deadwood Edition. I didn't like it, but I understand it. What I don't understand, is this b.s. website. So glad to know that the city I formerly called home, the city I love still, has succumbed to the homogenization so prevalent in our GLOBAL FUCKING VILLAGE. Wherever you go, there you are. We're all uniquely the same. Well done.
And mad props on your ridiculous use of advertising space. I, for one, thoroughly enjoy annoying flash adverts and taking control away from the user. We can't be trusted to make good decisions anyway. The simple fact that as I type this, there's a cheap-ass Flash ad for The Oread (thanks for gentrifying my old neighborhood) only further aggravates me. What the hell is going on there, Lawrence?
To the staff remaining, it's not you. Or maybe it is, I don't know. We all gotta work, right? I don't know who the decider is over there any more and I don't really care.
Don't cry though, I do have a parting gift for you. Embedded in beautiful, hand-writable HTML and pulled from another site, with a little bit o' Flash, just like you like.
It was fun while it lasted.