First of all, thank you for reading my blog.
Very honestly: I thought the only people reading were some members of my family, a few loyal friends (Hi! Lisa W, Jamey and Mike) and another friend who says they read it regularly but I have my doubts (you know who you are – if you are reading). It’s always been an exercise in self-expression and free speech that I’ve written mainly to amuse myself – again thank you for playing along.
Now to the subject at hand: comments on the blog.
In response to the poster formerly known as Mr. Anonymous: Yes, I do think the local and national media pay way too much attention to Twitter and that there’s a good possibility that it could lead to a delay getting news to the rest of the non-twitter fans.
Pheidippides ran from the battfield at Marathon to Athens. To my mind the Twitter situation is much the same as philosophical conundrum of perception vs. reality: if a tree falls in the forest but no one is there to hear it does it make a sound? Is it really that important to get your 140 letter tweet up first when the majority of fans you want reach can’t / won’t read it?
As for the issue of a delay, here’s an example: last week when Warner Madrigal left his throwing session with forearm stiffness MLB.com had the story up on the blog around 12:40 (CST), the Startlegram around the same time (12:44 CST) while the DMN blog entry wasn’t online until about an hour later (1:40 CST). Granted, it was not as if one of the impact pitchers was hurt, but I’m pretty sure Evan Grant had his tweet of the injury up at the same time as everyone else. However, the DMN blog entry went online almost an hour later. Was it because he already “tweeted” it – so the rest of the non-tweet readers would just have to wait? Is this a portend of the future? I hope not, but to use a twitter buzz word: it is a “trend” worth watching. Plus, I would think that kind of “trending” would be bad thing for the Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News writers – their employers (newspapers) are in enough trouble - if the writers are relying on Twitter to get the news out first – then aren't they leaving out a large portion of their readers - aren’t the newspapers supposed to be drawing in readers not excluding them?
One more thing to keep in mind about Twitter is accuracy. During the winter meetings I was reading MLB Trade Rumors - they were constantly publishing tweets - what I found interesting is to go back and see how many of them were not true, many weren’t - some not even close. As I’ve said before: it is so very sad that sports media editors are forcing their writers to whittle baseball news to 140 characters – and many times not even an accurate 140 characters. Sports Journalism – in general – has been degrading ever so slowly over the past 25 years (which coincides directly with the rise of ESPN on television) it seems that Twitter is just hastening the process of reducing that once masterful art into a bumper sticker.
latest column is a must read on that very subject.
Finally – not much baseball to talk about - again - this week. I can’t get worked up about intrasquad games, or even early Spring Training games – although I’ll be tuned in to Eric and Dave on Thursday, because, well just because.
Thank you again for reading and writing! – Marla Hooch