‘We're going to uncover the inner friendly person today’:
They’re trying to turn us into the Stepford Bostonians.
The geese are flying in unison:
A few weeks ago we saw this media goose
take off in its coverage of Boston’s DNC. Guess what? Another media goose
took off soon after. Same subject. Same direction. Same tilts and turns. ... Coincidence? Nope. It’s how the national media often/almost always works. The lead goose turns right, the flock turns right. The lead goose turns left, the flock turns left. ... So we get stories like Bostonians Whining About the DNC Is Tied to an Inferiority Complex Caused by the Curse of the Bambino and NYC Restaurants Are SOOOOOOOO Much Better Than Boston’s. ... And this is why we need (see next item) ....
Coming soon to Hub Blog! ... :
Hub Blog hopes, just prior to the DNC in a few weeks, to post a comprehensive DNC 2004 Media Guide for the visiting members of the Fourth Estate. The intent:
develop a long list of crazy contradictions about Boston that defy inevitable lifestyle feature stereotypes. For instance, there’s the classic of all classics -- “George McGovern won Massachusetts in ‘72 / Ronald Reagan won Massachusetts in ‘80 and ‘84.” ... Or -- “Thomas Edison / T tokens.”. ... Or -- “Birthplace of mutual funds and venture capitalism / Charles Ponzi” ... OK, given recent financial scandals, maybe that last one isn’t a contradiction, but you get the picture. Send in suggestions if you got 'em. ...
... FYI: If the media guide doesn’t work, we can always set up an online geese shooting contest, taking pot shots at classic DNC ‘Beantown’ stories, similar to my personal favorite that's going to be hard to beat -- “bookish city of erudite intellectuals.”