THE PLANET: AFFLICTING THE COMFORTABLE AND COMFORTING THE AFFLICTED ON A NEW SCHEDULE … plus … CHANGES ARE ON THE WAY TO REFLECT OUR GROWTH!! GOOD FOR YOU, OUR DEAR CYBERNAUTS
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SATURDAY, OCT. 22, 2011) — This is THE PLANET’s 362nd post since we activated the site in September, 2010. It’s been a six-day-a-week blog, the liveliest and most significant media development in the Berkshires since that time. We thank our growing audience, even as we marvel at the power of the Internet to weave a quilt out of so many disparate elements — things and ideas, people and events.
NEW SCHEDULE, CHANGES ON THE WAY
Today, we announce our new schedule. Beginning after today, we generally shall not be posting on the weekend. A breaking story or some other matter might induce us to break the “rule,” but it shall only be the exception that proves it.
After today, we will publish Monday through Friday in the usual way. As this site grows, the management of it takes more time, and the extra day will allow for back-stage maintenance and also a relative breather for THE PLANET.
We will also give you a heads up on changes that will be immediately apparent when you access THE PLANET. That’s all we can say for now, but they will be improvements designed to keep this site the most rocking and rolling in Berkshire County, the intellectual king of all local media. Why and how can we say this?
— No one has ever brought you this much information, week after week, in county media history.
— No one has attempted a 1,200-word (average) column or blog on a daily basis.
— No one has been able to pull this off, until PLANET VALENTI opened its doors.
As Dizzy Dean once said, “It ain’t bragging if you can do it.”
OUR REASON FOR BEING: AFFLICT THE COMFORTABLE AND COMFORT THE AFFLICTED
The purpose of PLANET VALENTI isn’t to report the news, although we’ve scooped the Boring Broadsheet and other local media so many times on big stories that there ought to be a state law against it. Our purpose is to introduce ideas, spur deliberation, foment debate, and provoke discussion. We are and shall continue to be the Free Marketplace of Ideas envisioned by the Founding Fathers.
PLANET VALENTI takes on all comers and will provide a soapbox for all points of view. If you agree with us, we want to know why. If you disagree, be ready to have your position taken apart to see if it hold water. We love both friends and foes, for — as some public figures never realize with THE PLANET — we don’t take argumentation personally. They do, however, and think we are like them. Thank God we’re not.
We don’t push any ideology, back any political party, or seek any financial support. We are pure “as an azure sky in deepest summer” (Alex, in A Clockwork Orange). We are “unbought and unbossed.” No other journalistic media in Berkshire County can make that claim.
We encourage the comments of those who wish to advance discussion. We discourage those who want to come on and add nothing but stupidity. Both are identified by what they share. Calling people names doesn’t advance the discussion. Stating a position, revealing your premises, and supporting your conclusion with evidence enables you to assume the most important job in a democratic republic such as ours: that of CITIZEN. There is no higher position. The pols and the office holders work for us. WE are the boss. WE dictate to them. Folks, the power is there, if only you will grab it.
We shall continue to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. We didn’t become an investigative journalist (in print, broadcast, and not cyberspace) to win friends but to influence the Public Discussion.
We shall remain The Voice of the Little Guy.
AND SO WE HEAD INTO A WEEKEND OF MYSTERY AND ENCHANTMENT, SAYING,
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.