Thursday, January 26, 2012

Roanoke Blogging (Etc.) Makes National News

A website called NetNewsCheck (here) has an interesting look at internet communication in Roanoke in its latest issue. Your favorite editr is quoted extensively on the second page of the piece, talking about blogging.

Callum Borchers, who wrote the piece, seems to be under the impression that this is a backwater, but one that is ahead of the curve when it comes to using the 'net. We're a "sleepy Southern town"  and Peter Veith, editor of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, says, “Nobody wants to say we’re a backwater, but maybe we’re not chasing as fast as some other places.” The story says 28 percent of Roanokers don't have internet at home. It did not report how many don't have indoor plumbing.

Peter said of your favorite editr: “He’s a very caustic writer. He can be profane. He’s got a burr in his saddle. He’s a bit of a maverick.” Your favorite editr prefers "grumpy old man."

In any case, Borchers, who obviously ain't from around here, takes a look at the "local" television station WSET, which is in Lynchburg (Roanoke has several VT stations of its own, thank you very much, two of which he mentions later) and he examines the local daily newspaper's foray into the 'net, one it says it is increasing exponentially in the future. Borchers found the paper's site to be exciting and vibrant. Many of us find it to be almost impossible to navigate.

Borchers writes about an important first amendment case that originated in Christiansburg over a blog post, as well. Good piece. Read it.

1 comment:

  1. Better to have a burr in your saddle than a burr under your saddle.