The Internet is getting on my nerves… or perhaps more appropriately the people who write on the internet. There are no doubt some good journalists, “pseudo-journalists” and just casual writers but when I see errors in spelling, grammar and facts even on MSNBC, CNN and CNET…well let’s just say it is getting serious.
I believe that the position of “editor” and “proof reader” had gone the way of the Dodo Bird.
Modern day cost cutting would be my guess… but people need to realize that the spell checker is, at best, a way to keep from making truly embarrassing errors. It doesn’t help at all if you don’t understand the difference between “you are” (you’re) and “your”. The spell checker won’t pick that up as both words are spelled correctly but have completely different meanings.
Don’t get me started on Fact Checking!
On January 3rd, E! Entertainment did a very nice little piece on Max Greenfield. Who, you say? Max Greenfield who currently stars as “Schmidt” in the Fox TV Network’s hit show “New Girl”. Max may perhaps be better known as the good natured cop with a serious thing for Veronica Mars’ Kristen Bell.
Now, you have to understand that Veronica Mars fans (I am one of them) are a particularly rabid lot who are still furious over its cancellation and ready to burn Warner Bros. to the ground because they won’t let a movie happen. E! understands this and asked about “Veronica Mars” in the “New Girl” interview.
Max was asked “if he’d be down to reunite with Kristen Bell, she who brutally rebuffed his character for Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), on his hit new comedy New Girl?” His response was a predictable "I’m so into it, it’s not even funny, I think it’s really possible."
Max goes on to say about Kristen Bell "Kristen is one of those people who, unlike a lot of actors, are down. They’re not like, ‘Oh, I’m scared,’ or ‘Oh, I don’t know if I want to do that,’" Greenfield says of his former costar. "Kristen is the type of person that if you call her and she’s available, which is seldom, she’ll be like, ‘Yeah! Let’s go, let’s do it.’ So I think it’s pretty likely. It would be pretty awesome. I love Kristen. I think that she is so talented and hilarious."
All of this, of course, makes Veronica Mars fans just swoon with delight!
In the last 24 hours this simple article has generated no less than 40 Email news alerts in my email box about Kristen Bell appearing on “New Girl”. No where in the E! article did it say that this idea was anything but wishful speculation on Max Greenfield’s part.
What I can’t understand is if people writing about this are a) just stupid, or b) reading a legit news article and seeing what they want to see as opposed to what is actually written, or perhaps c) trying to drive up their internet traffic.
So, while I have sadly neglected this Blog for a while now, that’s going to stop NOW! I am going to call out the errors and just plain crap that I read because the Internet needs to hold the people who write for it to the kind of standards we used to expect from our journalists. I will also say up front that I am not a perfect journalist… but I will make every effort to be grammatically correct, spell things properly and always, ALWAYS check my facts and sources!
Feel free to point out my errors in the Comments section!