How many times have we read the really big story on the front of the newspaper with great interest? How often have we talked about it with our friends and colleagues the next day?
[ This first appeared in Columbus Day Riot, my blog-before-blogs, in 1999. It still works. ]
The Embiggening of Everything
“A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man” is the quote that stands under the statue of Jebediah Springfield in the center of Springfield Park on “The Simpsons”. Forgetting for a moment that this is just a cartoon TV show, this really is a quote for the ages. For one thing, it seems to make a lot of sense even though it is gibberish. For another, it’s cast in bronze and displayed prominently. Can’t beat that as a lesson for our kids.
The world passes slowly by my front porch. On a heavy spring day there is a steady parade of people who go by, mostly on their way to nowhere but some time outside. Our world designates this the “public realm”, the empire of everyone. And so it is.
Luck is sometimes where you find it. Or how you look for it.
With the damp arrival of spring over, our park has the first clover of the year peeking out of the ground. They are small and round and tender, not much to work with yet. But it’s good to get a head start on clover season.
Big Media = Big Box.
News outlets these days are almost invariably regional. Newspapers and teevee are about the same, in that they all cover an entire “metro region” or a multi-county area. There is only one way that they can sustain this.