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September 12th, 2007

I’ve been crazy busy for the past couple of weeks, hence this blog-lite period. More later, but until then, a few quick updates:

At last, my dad is supposed to be going home today. He’d been in the rehab wing of a nursing home for the past several weeks building up his strength. I talked to him last night, and he was sounding good. I’m going to go up and stay with him this weekend.

Recently I’ve been doing the chiropractic thing. I had my initial intake a few weeks back at a clinic that told me I needed to come in for fifty visits over a six-month period at an after-insurance cost of more than two thousand bucks. And then they wheeled in the financial counselor to discuss payment options. After they woke me up from the fainting spell, I got the hell out of there and got me a second opinion.

The new guy–who I’ve been seeing since last week–is instilling me with much more confidence. He hasn’t used any pseudo-science terminology or suggested any miracle cures. He told me that he’d have me come in a few times over a two-week period and see how it goes, which is a far, far cry from Mr. Big Shot Wellness Doc and his extended payment plan. He’s been smacking me with some little pneumatic hammer device that’s supposed to apply so many pounds of pressure in a quick burst in a specific spot. It feels a little silly, but it does seem to be doing some good: I’m not listing to the left side like I have been for the past year or so.

On the work front, it looks like I may be on the radio again sometime next week. It’s been nearly three years since my last guest host stint on WILL-AM. We’re trying to line up an interview with Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture. I don’t agree with all of Keen’s conclusions, but it’s a provocative book which suggests that the movements toward citizen journalism and do-it-yourself media such as Wikipedia and YouTube are dismantling professional institutions and putting experienced news gatherers out of work, replacing them with misinformed blogs and amateurish (in every sense of the word) talent shows.

To be sure, there are plenty of warning signs that traditional media are withering, and for reasons both personal and professional I agree that this is not a good thing. Some of the backlash against the mainstream media may be deserved–they certainly allowed themselves to be cowed by their political opponents in recent years–but bloggers are in no position to replace them. Blogs still largely depend upon the wire services and major dailies for their info, and lack the resources to do their own news gathering or to place correspondents in foreign trouble spots. Mostly, what they offer is opinion: lots and lots of non-fact-checked, semi-rational, ethically-unfettered opinion.

I’ll post a date and time when we’ve confirmed our guest.

(And yes, I’m still going to get back to the religious thing at some point.)

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