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AMEN !!!!! AMEN !!!!!
Great article, Aprill. I particularly liked the comments at the end. Way to go!
AprilI enjoy reading your column ,don't change a thing .
When I scroll down the responses of most posters, I'm always reminded of my favorite quote of the late, esteemed Mike Royko:
"It's been my policy to view the Internet not as an 'information highway,' but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies.”
Last I checked, isn't April Brandon primarily a columnist, and when she is reporting it's on entertainment and whatnot...?
So covering the "real news," as some put it, is not her field. It would be like whining at Roger Ebert because he only reports on movies, instead of reporting on the congressional race in the Chicago metro area...
I second that KyleC...Great Job Aprill!!!PPl out there,you just don't get it, if you don't want, to read what Aprill writes..THEN DON"T READ IT...No one is forcing you to, & you don't decide for the rest of us that do!!!!Btw, I've been a subsciber for years and it doesn't bother me to pay the fee, every year to keep receiving my paper! Always a fan....
It takes a lot to rant and rave with your real name and picture next to your rants... and raves.
I have always been an advocate for less anonymity when it comes to online insults, etc.
But that's my thirty-seven cents.
I gotta say Aprill, right on baby!
Unless you commissioned a study and produced a statistically sound result kindly please explain to me how you know what most readers want in their newspaper?
I enjoy Aprill's column as part of the broad spectrum of content this newspaper produces everyday - if I don't like a piece I skip it and dont feel cheated or slighted.
Newspapers have ALWAYS provided diverse content and if it were not so we would not have had the pleasure of Charles Dickens or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works to enjoy since they both wrote non news items for the papers of the day.
Keep up the good work Aprill and know that all of these extreme comments means you are doing your job just fine.
I think the next article that you write should be actual news. I would rather see more advertisements in the paper than have to read blogs. Most readers get the paper to read news, if i want to read blogs I will go to a website or facebook or twitter. The Victoria Advocate, which people pay for, should not include such college freshman assignment. You must not have a journalism degree for writing in such a childish style. Please stop writing this garbage and wasting my money. Get out of your desk and do some reporting on something. You asked for this when you wrote this column.
If you would, e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the details and a contact person so I can find out more about the event before I fully commit. Thanks.
You guys won't happen to have pitchforks and torches at this town meeting, will you? I kid, I kid. If you're serious, I'd love to come. I'm not much of a public speaker but I can give it my best. And if you're kidding, I still highly enjoyed your comment. :)-Aprill
The code for the moon landings was written in binary - yet they made it there and back.
I am anonymous for a reason. I don't want Chris or you hurting my family the way another person's family was hurt by an article lately. I will stay anonymous for that reason. But I must say, the article made me think. Good for you to get my attention. I will be less lavish with my criticism. I'll cheer for you when you write something of significance. Good luck.
This article sounds like some of the posters must have got under your skin. Way to go...you just added the fuel to their fire IMO.
HUGE (ALL CAPS) THUMBS WAY UP!!!! (EXCESSIVE EXCLAMATION POINTS)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your fan,Rebecca Jane Kerth
Nice Job Aprill
The new code
Umm... I like Justin Beiber, if I don't think about the lyrics and just sing along with the radio as I try to plan my route of errands so as to save as much time and gas as possible with two young boys screaming and fighting in the backseat. He's not too bad in these scenarios.
If only DEAD people understand hexadecimal, how many people understand hexadecimal?
Anoter great article April! Thanks for always making me smile :)
me reader..you writer..me hung-gry, lol
have to stop by KFC---what's a double down?!?!
Technology only makes you anonymous to some. A determined person can usually find out who you are.
My screen name is only semi-anonymous.
This is all very true.
"And would they be more likely to abide by our online policy if their reputation was on the line with everything they posted?"
Chris Cobler makes the rules yet doesn't follow them, integrity and reputation be *expletive deleted*. So, in a word, nope.
I think the reason you get so many negative comments is that a lot of people feel a blog is not newsworthy, regardless of the topic. People, if they are going to read opinion pieces, want to read opinions of people who are well-read, mature, logical, thoughtful, and funny without resorting to being purposely offensive in an attempt to be shocking. We all have friends who are witty and funny and immature and write just as well as you do..but we don't think their opinions are worthy of a spot on the front page.
It has less to do with a personal dislike of you, than it does the fact that The Advocte glorifies your column, as if we've never met anyone like Aprill Brandon before. You have to admit, anyone can be an interesting blogger when they're telling funny stories about getting drunk, getting tattooed, or being nervous about getting married. I'm not insinuating you're a dime a dozen or that your opinions are worthless. I'm just saying that the front page is, and always has been, sacred for readers. You don't subscribe to a newspaper to read about a 20-something being a dork and saying things we've heard months ago. Like the heart attack to go line. The day the sandwich was announced, people were making that joke. So, by now, it just feels like you've taken someone else's joke that's not funny anymore in an attempt to be witty.
We expect news, even if it's not something we're particularly interested in. By "news", I mean information. Information we were not previously privy to. So, again, it's mostly nothing personal. It's The Advocate's choice of placement of your columns - fluff or not.
I don't agree with how vicious people have been, though. I didn't mean to come off as *expletive deleted* as I may have sounded. I do apologize if i've been harsh, though I know you're definitely not a sensitive baby doll and can most definitely weather any criticism.
I don't have a problem with the things you write because I simply choose not to read it if i'm not interested. It's as easy as that. You've not harmed me by simply existing, as some people seem to think. *eye roll* But I do think that any ill will harbored would decrease dramatically if your column weren't placed among more heavy, life-changing news stories.
I admire that you keep on keepin' on. I don't have such a thick skin, and I am totally going to cringe like a mofo when I get attacked for what i've written here. Heh.
Excellent article. So funny, but so true.
Bet life here would be much different if every user used a real name and a real picture.
Don't see binary much any more these days, glad to see a writer really embrace the culture to this extent.
I must be hungry because out of that whole article the only thing I am thinking about is the Double Down from KFC.