Because people are sometimes quite good at writing.

I used to believe that if I wanted to blog, I also needed to bust my… behind with tons of research, then compose long and complicated posts with lots of supporting evidence in links to source material,  then test it first with someone before finally hitting that “Publish” button.

Instead of all that, I now take great pleasure in reading other people who clearly spend a lot of their time and energy so I can sit back and enjoy.



Who do I mean, well take a gander at Chelsea Vowel. She first came to my attention – to a lot of our attentions – late last year when the Attawapiskat story exploded with a lot of rather misguided, superficial, and sometimes downright racist crap. Not all of the media reports were like that but enough to do a lot of damage because a few examples were clearly deliberate. (No, I won’t provide a link.)

Now I can sit back and appreciate her clear analysis, excellent writing, and no-nonsense attitude even at the HuffPost.

Wayne Spear
Not exactly as pictured

Then there’s Wayne Spear. He slaves away on longish posts, deconstructing, analyzing, contemplating, and then kicking down doors or appreciating the wonder of a shooting star. Good writing is a real kick to read. He wanders around topics like politics or a treasured pen as though taking a stroll through a market while doing some keen window shopping.

Here’s where he kicked a door down late last year. Same story (Attawapiskat).

Check out the all-too-usual knuckle-dragging at the bottom of the page. It’s this kind of mindless, brain-numbing stuff that provoked one radio columnist (Torquil Campbell on CBC Radio’s Q) to strongly suggest that journalistic web sites reconsider – i.e., take down! – their end-of-article “Comments” sections because they’ve driven out reasoned debate, and debaters, and become little more than vomitoriums.

Not his words – mine.  I couldn’t agree more.