Thursday, December 13, 2007

Why blogging will change the world, starting with Peoria!

The buzz has been around awhile. Bloggers feel they are making a significant impact on the news cycle, and traditional media continue to (unconvincingly) deny it. I never much cared one way or the other, until this post on Peoria Pundit. The Paul Vallas link regarding Peoria Schools District 150 really caught my eye. It's no secret that Peoria schools are struggling. There has been persistent turmoil and in the 10 years I have been here never a perceived direction. Administrators and board members come and go through the proverbial revolving door, and real, effective change is elusive.

First, a few disclaimers. I have only a casual knowledge of what is really happening in the district. Our son just started Kgarten, so we have no history of experiences to draw upon, although so far we are pleased (other than a few bumps in the road.)But if you look at the state report cards someone with half their brain tied behind their back would notice Houston has a problem.

Secondly, Peoria has some special circumstances, including socio-economic conditions that obstruct the educational experience for many children, and the inequitable way schools are funded locally through property taxes, a topic worthy of its own post. But other schools have faced similar challenges and prevailed. Why can't we?

It is a complicated dilemma and one that is difficult to grasp unless you understand the education jargon. For the average Joe, it makes ones head spin like poor Linda Blair in the Exorcist. So the average Joe Peorian will typically do what one does when they don't understand something... nothing. Other than reading a few newspaper articles and watching a few 30 second sound bites on the news of the "he said" "she said" point/counterpoints, there's not much more they can offer.

Enter, the blogger. NOW we get down to the nitty-gritty. Now we have real-time productive debate and discussion in terms that even "stoopid" me can understand. Admin and Board Members be on your toes. No longer must the average citizen obligingly swallow anything told to them. Bloggers will infiltrate every nook and cranny of the truth. They may be as annoying as Hell, but eventually, the reality will come in to focus.

And THAT, my friends, is why bloggers will change the world as we know it. Knowledge brings understanding, and understanding brings about change. Look out, the bloggers are coming!

12 comments:

My Flock Rocks! said...

Where is it that you mention...
http://myflockrocks.blogspot.com/
Did I miss something?

Diane Vespa said...

Why, right here in the "comments" section, silly.

Peoria Pundit said...

Thanks for the kind comments. It is regular commenter Prairie Celt who created this post, and all kudos go to him/her.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight, bloggers, who rely on the MSM, are going to take over the world. Bloggers will change the way news is delivered but take over the world?

Diane Vespa said...

Who said anything about a takeover?
You've been reading the Wall Street Journal too much. Lighten up. The Star is much more entertaining ;)

Anonymous said...

Did you even provide any real proof behind the fact that "bloogers" are making a difference? By doing what? Adding posts to your online diaries? Because that's what it is...online diaries. But hey, Time Magazine bought it last year when they said "You" were the "people of the year"...Yikes!

Diane Vespa said...

What's a blooger?

East Bluff Barbie said...

Doesn't a "blooger" stick to your finger when you pick it? :)

My Flock Rocks! said...

Blooger's are what you fling!

Brad Carter said...

I guess anon doesn't remember the Bleacher gas station sting-gone-wrong the was broke by CJ at the Peoria Chronicle, forcing local media to investigate. Or the "other side of the story" regarding the Keller Branch the local media WOULD not provide. Or this blogs author putting out information how to challenge unfair property tax increases. Or the current possible electronic voting fraud story at Brad's Blog (shameless plug) that local media hasn't been willing to pick up on yet.
That's just the proof off the top of my head.

Diane Vespa said...

Uh, and then lets not forget the obvious, although on a national scale, the debunking of the famous Bush military records as reported, oops, I mean fabricated, by Dan Rather. Where is Dan Rather these days, anyway?

Anonymous said...

uhmm... Dan Rather is suing CBS for that incident. He saw that Don Imus won after termination due to hyperactive emotions instead of contractual law and Rather realized, probably after consulting counsel, that he really did not have to resign... bloggers or not.