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.

Comments

April Fleming 12 years ago

A well-deserved au revroir.

When three articles both appeared as features simultaneously both on lcom and the journal-world's website as they did yesterday, one of them being about some kid's lemonade stand, it really is over, I guess. They weren't meant to share content like that (much less AP feeds... an AP movie review and an AP story about soccer? wtf).

I don't hate other people's kids or the AP (that much), but this place was never about that sort of thing. I don't see how this is any different than the JW's entertainment section.

Jill Ensley 12 years ago

p.s. WorldCo, you still owe me a prize for when I won the Caption contest so long ago. Don't think I've forgotten.

scary_manilow 12 years ago

I thought about throwing in a "piss off" blog, as well, but I don't think I could have done it better than this. This is a fitting transition between the Old School and the Rhonda Miller Era.

postfactumproductions 12 years ago

Wow, this is excellent and exactly what I would have said. very well put.

bloozman 12 years ago

Ah, well. Evolution (or devolution) has long since taken away my chance to hear regularly from a handful of people whose opinions and insights were always of interest, among them Joel, Misty, Jill and Tom the former doddotddot. Farewell, all. I'll miss you.

jeminiseven 11 years, 10 months ago

I agree, that's why I watch this video because it has all the answers within two minutes. We've all lost our inner child, but these two kids won't and never will! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqAtxXrGd40

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