Pondering the Perspectives of The People. . .
It also may become obvious that I write my words in a program that doesn't have a spell checker, so please forgive my typos, my mis-spellings. I'm from the old school where you didn't have a wonderful helper like a spell checker. We had dictionaries, available only in book form. Heavy to carry around, but when one is dedicated to spelling words correctly, a person used up some time and brain energy to memorize word spellings. It's actually a good thing.
In my junior college days I had a journalism professor, Dr. David Ratcliff, who gave us spelling tests each Friday and handed out a sheet of paper with the words for next Friday. That will sharpen your brain. Test scores figured into your final grade. Skip any other day, but not Friday.
Exercise your brain. Learn to spell. Really expand your horizons, learn a language other than your birth one.
Education is our mission.
Journalism is our method.
History is our specialty.
Truth sets us all free.
Prosperity. It's our birth right.
To get there, let's take the Alturistic train, not the Austerity one.
If we do, the world will be a better place.
I rest my case.
One of our missions is to encourage and inspire others to find their passion and write it up. Do you have a poem or an article you want to put on the Net? Is it too big for Facebook or Twitter? No other place to put it? Send it to us with your permission to publish here. If you want your spelling checked or your grammar monitored, you'll have to say, otherwise, we'll think it's a new dialect and print it that way. If we like it, we'll give it a page with a specific URL and post the title on our Ponderings page. No offer is made for pay.
At the Press, I am Channeling Winston Smith* mostly because I can. I can change my text to suit my day. It's the Internet's Way. Ever changing, ever evolving. Let's take the journey. Together. The Internet has given me a Press, a changeable one, and I am using it.
*Winston Smith referred to is the main character in George Orwell's "1984" book about the future. Smith's job: Changing the news after it's written. For Orwell, and for us, the future is now. If you haven't read the book I suggest you take it up. You'll find a lot to ponder and some new words to learn and some old words you'll find out where they originated.
Our editor describes our press thusly:
"Small publishing house with educational mission. Altruistic endeavor seeking a better future on our only planet. Historical Gazette published for 10 years, still available on the web. Google it! Atomic Veterans History Project (www.atomicduty.us) and other archives are being reorganized while web projects are continued at snail's pace. Not brick and mortar store. Head office."
Our press exists only on the Internet and in our editor's brain. Our history archives exist because of the research done in the past to publish the works mentioned above. As everything was once done with paper, it has been a hard road to digitalize it all when there is only one person at work. There was once another person doing some work on these projects here, but he has announced his retirement.
Speaking of our editor... Work has slowed here, as she is distracted these days as she is currently too easily entertained with Google's Maps as a Google Guide doing reviews and submitting photos. You'll also see that Amazon has her captivated with giving her opinion of the products she's purchased. Oh, well, you might as well, check out the Alma Haus Press on Facebook... a few of her opinions can be found when you log in to that social media outlet. No Twitter account. We'd be too tempted to correspond with some of the big boys. No Instagram and-a: What's that other thing? Oh, yeah... SnapChat... Nope... not that either.... Blame the distractions on Google's Droid and my need to feed on gluten free. It means I cook at home... most of the time... I'm a pretty good cook, too. My spouse agrees with me. As soon as I can, I'll speed up the pace adding more stories to the Press.
We hope to provide tips and thoughts on how to get your words out onto "paper" ... or onto the new "press" in our world, the Internet! Get 'em... You're already connected... Use that "in your" Facebook like you do already, only add a bit of your own passion... Tell others what you think is right about the world... or wrong... do what makes you feel good... try not to make others feel too bad... be mindful of the power of your words. Be truthful, don't be rude... or crude... The use of profanity means you don't have a good vocabulary, so study up! You don't need a college to get an education today. You've got the "Bard" himself, predicted Asimov in his science fiction short stories of the 1960's. We call it the Internet. Use it and protect it from harm... Contact your Congressional reps often and demand your Internet be free and unencumbered by corporations who think they can buy everything. See what I mean about that passion? It creeps out of the finger tips when find your voice. Go for it!
Good Journalists. . .
. . .are dedicated to telling the truth.
. . .ask questions, then listens for the answers.
. . .draw conclusions from the information, instead of seeking information to support preconceived conclusions.
. . .look for the balanced picture.
. . .report what's correct to the best of their knowledge.
. . .quote opinions from attributable and reputable sources. Spell names correctly. Ask for bona fides
. . .make their opinions known, or leave them out.
. . .should not cause the news, but instead report the news.
Take a trip with me... back more than two decades, to the beginning of the Internet...
I was there... and this is what I wrote about it for a local graphics company...
Let's see if my predictions came true... For sure, it's proof positive that I was pondering our future, even back then.
Internet 101: 1995-1996
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