Don't get me wrong; I'm so proud of CL for doing the story; all the boxes and side bars are informative and well done,too. But to see the ajc (what we formerly knew as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and some remember as two seperate papers, a morning and an evening) abandon its city; its mother, right now when all demos and studies show more folks moving in town than ever before...What gives?
It's not like there's no news. The Atlanta Public Schools system is in the middle of what could be landmark change.
Part of me wonders if my feelings are more of my pathetic nostalgia for a past that is passed just like most of my family, honestly, we really don't need the Pet Rock back, and Thank God we don't have to live with institutionalized hatred and racial predjudice.
But we actually do need the Fourth Estate if we want to lead free and productive lives. We got off on a kick of "the media is bad" when we looked at some of their silly and vainglorious excesses and listened to the siren song of Big Business filtered through their paid spokesmodels in the early eighties and bought the soothing idea that all of our social ills were created by media so they's have something to write about/film, etc.
When in fact, in the 1970s and '80s the media had really begun to champion the middle class and their concerns with shoddy cars and indifferent services and businesses. (No Comm or Journalism major ever claims to be great at math, folks)
The only possible bright spot is that another scrappy start up will rise up out of the ashes of this former phoenix and create a new fish wrapper with classifieds, real news of what's going on in under the Gold dome, how the Atlanta Public Schools can be fixed, and a great online presence.
That's one thing about that stubborn city, you can't keep the folks in Atlanta down. (Bonus points if you know where that comes from, and Extra points if you know the speaker.)
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For more crappy nostalgia, look for Panama city Beach's East End, to be published by History Press, Spring Break 2011!