micah holmquist's irregular thoughts and links

Welcome to the musings and notes of a Cadillac, Michigan based writer named Micah Holmquist, who is bothered by his own sarcasm.

Please send him email at micahth@chartermi.net.

Holmquist's full archives are listed here.

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Sites Holmquist trys, and often fails, to go no more than a couple of days without visiting (some of which Holmquist regularly swipes links from without attribution)

Aljazeera.Net English
AlterNet (War on Iraq)
Alternative Press Review
Always Low Prices -- Always
Another Irani online
antiwar.com (blog)
Asia Times Online
Axis of Logic
Baghdad Burning (riverbend)
BBC News
blogdex.net ("track this weblog")
The Christian Science Monitor (Daily Update)
Common Dreams
Daily Rotten
Democracy Now
The Drudge Report
Eat the Press (Harry Shearer, The Huffington Post)
Empire Notes (Rahul Mahajan)
frontpagemag.com (HorowitzWatch)
Guardian Unlimited
The Independent
Information Clearing House
Informed Comment (Juan Cole)
Iranians for Peace

Iraq Dispatches (Dahr Jamail)
Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
Iraq Occupation and Resistance Report (Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice)
Mr. Show and Other Comedy
The Narco News Bulletin (blog)
The New York Times
Occupation Watch
Political Theory Daily Review
Press Action
Project Syndicate
Raed in the Middle (Raed Jarrar)
The Simpsons Archive
Simpsons Collector Sector
Technorati ("search for mth.blogspot.com")
United States Central Command
U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
War Report (Project on Defense Alternatives)
The Washington Post
Wildfire (Jo Wilding)
wood s lot
www.mnftiu.cc (David Rees)

Blogs that for one reason or another Holmquist would like to read on at least something of a regular basis (always in development)

Thivai Abhor
As'ad AbuKhalil
Ken Adrian
Christopher Allbritton
Douglas Anders
Mark W. Anderson
Aziz Ansari
Atomic Archive
James Benjamin
Elton Beard
Charlie Bertsch
alister black
Blame India Watch
Blog Left: Critical Interventions Warblog / war blog
Igor Boog
Martin Butler
Chris Campbell
James M. Capozzola
Avedon Carol
Elaine Cassel
cats blog
Jeff Chang
Margaret Cho
Citizens Of Upright Moral Character
Louis CK
Les Dabney
Natalie Davis
Scoobie Davis
The Day Job
Jodi Dean
Dominic Duval
Steve Earle
Daniel Ellsberg
Tom Engelhardt
Lisa English
Barbara Flaska
Brian Flemming
Joe Foster
Yoshie Furuhashi
Al Giordano
Rob Goodspeed
Grand Puba
Guardian Unlimited Weblog
Pete Guither
The Hairy Eyeball
Ray Hanania
Mark Hand
Hector Rottweiller Jr's Web Log Jim Henley Arvin Hill Hit & Run (Reason) Hugo Clark Humphrey Indri The Iraqi Agora Dru Oja Jay Jeff Lynne d Johnson Dallas Jones Julia Kane Blues Benjamin Kepple Ken Layne Phil Leggiere Brian Linse Adam Magazine Majority Report Radio Marc Maron Josh Marshall Jeralyn Merritt J.R. Mooneyham Michael Scott Moore Bob Morris Bob Mould Mr. Show and Tell Muslims For Nader/Camejo David Neiwert NewPages Weblog Aimee Nezhukumatathil Sean O'Brien Patton Oswalt The Panda's Thumb Randy Paul Rodger A. Payne Ian Penman politx Neal Pollack Greg Proops Pro-War.com Pure Polemics Seyed Razavi Rayne Simon Reynolds richardpryor.com Clay Richards Mike Rogers Yuval Rubinstein
Steven Rubio
Saragon Noah Shachtman Court Schuett The Simpsons Archive Amardeep Singh Sam Smith Soundbitten Jack Sparks Ian Spiers Morgan Spurlock Stand Down: The Left-Right Blog Opposing an Invasion of Iraq Aaron Stark Morgaine Swann Tapped (The American Prospect) tex Matthew Tobey Annie Tomlin Tom Tomorrow The University Without Condition Jesse Walker Warblogger Watch Diane Warth The Watchful Babbler The Weblog we have brains Matt Welch
Alex Whalen
Jon Wiener
Lizz Winstead
James Wolcott
Wooster Collective
Mickey Z

Monday, July 08, 2002
Ken Layne announced 7 days ago that he was putting his blog on an indefinite hiatus.

You can read his reasons for doing this yourself but do note the section where Layne admits to having been a hack journalist at one point:

Today, any jackhole can do what I once did for a Major Wire Service: scan the news sites and type up a piece. Some of these volunteer writers are very good. Most are far better than the hacks filling the op-ed pages of the daily paper.
Many, if not most, journalists have probably done some work they aren't proud of at one point or another so this really isn't a big deal except that from reading Layne I always got the sense that he viewed himself as being above the hacks.

Even more interesting is what Layne has to say about journalism: "Journalism means reporting from various scum pits and glory holes." And then later saying:

Sure, I'll give you humorous rants and links to monkey photos. But is that worth anything? Probably not.

A real alternative to the dullard papers, magazines and teevee will be the writers you like reporting on subjects of interest to you. Now we have to figure out a way to make it work for all of us.

What? Is Layne actually saying that the future of journalism is reporting and writing stories and not just linking to stories that other people have written?

Wait a second, this is my belief and the main reason I pulled back from blogging earlier this year. Quite frankly I think writing articles, essays and reviews is a more productive use of one's time that leads to a more useful finished product and probably are things more people are going to want to read as opposed to links and rants on topics I don't have any real expertise on and haven't spent much time reporting, or in many cases even researching, on.

But, having said all that, I don't want to imply that I don't think blogging is useful. I enjoy blogging as sometimes do a lot of it, like I have as of late, and sometimes only a little bit of it, like I probably will do soon or as I did since from late January to mid May over at micahth.diaryland.com. Blogging is fun and sometimes useful tool for just saying things that I feel an urge to say. Hopefully it will soon be a way to better promote more substantial pieces that I write and communicate witht the readers of those pieces. Nor do I want to say that blogging is useless. There is no harm in you or anybody linking to a bunch of stories and give thoughtful and/or glib opinions on them. Just don't think you are changing the world in the process.

Blogging may or may not be journalism but it is not reporting and, at the end of the day, that is usually the most useful form of journalism and what I am trying to focus on.