I'll Write What I Want To Write. Thanks.
So all bloggers--even the libertarian ones--are now invited to participate in the viewing of our democratic processes. Woot.
There are a few serious journalists among us who seem to be of the opinion that this is our own little Schoolhouse Rock whereby we learn the workings of how a bill becomes a law, how to shake hands and write dry reports about drier goings-on.
In case you hadn't noticed, I am not a journalist. Sometimes I'm serious, sometimes I'm not. So while I appreciate the advice from Bill Hobbs, I'd like to point out a couple of things.
1 ) I've been to quite a few legislature events in my lifetime. I know how they work and I know how little gets done in each brief window of time. I also know what a fancy-dress parade looks like. I can't imagine that any event accompanied by donuts is going to be one wherein the legislative events we've been 'invited' to view are actually productive.
2 ) A person doesn't have live and breathe procedural politics in order to be aware of them. I bristle at the assumption that simply because I'm a blogger I need to be told how to behave as though I were an 8th grader going on a field trip to the fire station.
3 ) I don't write your blog. I'm not employed by your blog. I'm not largely read by the readers of your blog. I offer a different type of content to a different reader. Sometimes we do politics. Other times we do knitting or Harry Potter or television. That's how I roll. So you'd better believe that if I go I'll write about the thing my way.
At his own place, Bill Hobbs implores us
And whatever you do, don't blog about how cool it is to meet other bloggers, and how Rep. Mumpower is different than you thought he'd be. At least not until the next day.
To which I comment "Whyever not?"
Isn't the purpose of this invitation in part to make the legislative process seem more tangible and accessible to the public? Wouldn't such comments buttress any dry details with a level of versimillitude for the readers?
I'm a colour-commentary writer. That's the stuff of my business. People don't read me for procedural detail. They read me to know my opinion of what it's like to BE THERE.
In other words, you can be Josephus. I'll be Pepys' Diary. There's room for both types of writing in literature, and room for both types in coverage of this event.