This Saturday, I will officially make the transition from professional student to career professional. Okay, that’s not quite true. I actually plan to prolong my misery by spending one more year in Syracuse, New York, pursuing my master’s in television, radio and film.
As my short-lived career as a Joplin Globe blogger comes to an end, I’ve decided to reflect on the many things I have learned while floating about in the blogosphere:
- First and foremost, check your facts, check your facts, and then check your facts. I should have learned this lesson a long time ago when I would argue with my father and his only rebuttal was to ask me to “cite my sources.”
- It’s human nature to form an opinion, and then seek out facts/information in support of that opinion while ignoring contradictory evidence; “What’s that? I can’t hear you — la, la, la, la!”
- Bloggers are arrogant.
- Our opinion really doesn’t matter.
- People like political identity — it makes them feel safe.
- Mainstream media lies (OK, I already knew this one).
- Generational discrimination, although subtle, is more rampant than gender discrimination.
And there you have it: My quarter-of-a-century years’ worth of wisdom.
Peace and Liberty.