A recent Albany Herald editorial contains the following:
“And those negatives will have to be overcome through a concerted, honest effort. Economic Development Commission Chairman Bobby McKinney noted that those who are promoting Albany are being ‘out-blogged’ on the Internet by detractors. Some new – and old – media are suspect in the way they cloak opinion as fact and attempt to draw attention and a sense of self-importance to themselves. But the best approach to creating an accurate picture of the community is not to worry about the unfairness, but to acknowledge the blemishes and aggressively point out the many good qualities of Albany and Dougherty County.”
Now, the mentions of new media and blogging leaves me with one inescapable conclusion: They’re talking about us.
However, they’re missing something here. We “detractors” aren’t detracting Albany. Personally, I’ve been detracting what I perceive as a waste of money toward certain parts of town in an effort to make them something they aren’t rather than embracing what the market has given them and work with that. However, if they are talking about us (and I’ll be the first to admit that there may be some other blog out there that they’re talking about other than us…but I haven’t heard of it), then maybe they should think about something for just a second.
You see, I’m just a guy who has live in Albany for the vast majority of my life. I’m a smart guy, but not a genius. I have a family and feel I’m representative of a significant portion of Albany’s citizenry. And, despite the Herald’s comments to the contrary, anything and everything you read is probably my opinion unless I’m drawing from another source … and I tell you when I do that. But my opinion does matter … as should every citizens. It’s not self importance, it’s expecting to be taken seriously as a taxpayer.
The idea of “we’re all in this together” is fine and dandy, and I don’t mean any sarcasm. However, will that be how it really works? Or will it translate to “shut up and do what we say”? I ask, because that’s what usually happens. If we’re all in this together, and I think ultimately we are, then perhaps it’s time to at least give some discussion to ideas that didn’t spring forth from these supposed “leaders” who are complaining about being “out-blogged”.
Blogs only can function because people read and listen to what is said. If we, or any blog, is “out-blogging” these leaders then perhaps they haven’t been able to convince people that there way is right. Now, they can always assume that those who are unconvinced are so because of a mental deficiency, but that wouldn’t be very productive, now would it? How about just trying to convince us with facts that this is the right way
I find no fault with the great parts of Albany that the Herald mentions in their editorial. Those are great things. But without efforts to clean up all the rest, the things I’ve focused on which apparently label me as a “detractor”, they’re not worth spit in helping Albany move forward. If these leaders believe otherwise, then give me a shout. Our contact page will send me an email. Just ask for me and give me a phone number and a name and I’ll be happy to arrange something. I’ll give you the chance.
But don’t expect me just to go along because you want it. If you want a community of sheep, that’s great. But it ain’t gonna happen while I’m living here.
Written by Tom Knighton. Read his blog at SWGA Politics.com. A lifelong political junkie, Tom started out his adult life as a journalism major at Darton College before leaving school to serve his nation as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. Through the years, he has watched government from outside and inside. A former Reagan supporter, then later a Democrat, Tom now finds himself quite comfortable as a card carrying Libertarian and all around smart-elec.