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Re: “Age of Zaycon

As someone who hasn't made a decent living in over two years, hearing "it's easier to hire charming employees and teach them to drive trucks than to hire truck drivers and teach them to be charming" is really reassuring and gives me a bit of hope. Seems like a great boss and it's great to hear a start-up doing well, especially a local one.

Posted by JE on 09/01/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

This isn't so much an article as it is a rather amateurish piece of self-promotion/branding under the guise of "comment" journalism, which is rather interesting given the fact that Ms. McKay seems to have replaced Mr. Baumgarten as the newest author of the now-obligatory "young up-and-coming lifelong Spokanite with Important Things to say" column.

If Ms. McKay wants to actually address this issue and others like them, then in the future she would do well to avoid following in Mr. Baumgarten’s footsteps by finding it necessary to provide a self-aggrandizing laundry list of her local cultural bonafides in every single article before ever writing anything substantive. What could have been an insightful article instead reads like the “About The Candidate” tab on a political campaign website. At this point in time, most of Spokane (or at the very least the Inlander’s readership) is quite well aware of what Terrain is, and her or Mr. Baumgarten’s involvement with that undertaking is of little relevance to an ability to write intelligent and digestible policy analysis and cultural commentary. Name dropping Lisa Brown and spending the rest of the article conveying to us a story of how you saw a wounded veteran once does not a piece of journalism make. Cut the Thomas Friedman act, you’ll be better for it. Referring to yourself as a "middle-class young professional" (circa 2011 no less! A yuppie at such an early age!) in a manner that suggests that we should be impressed that you were able to step outside your privilege bubble is especially off-putting.

If this is what passes for young writing at The Inlander, then I worry for its future. That the Inlander staff continues to let "articles" such as this go to print without realizing their inherent self-serving banality serves as an indictment not only of Spokane's ongoing case of "Big Fish/Small Pond Syndrome," but of this editorial staff's worrying tendency in recent years not to do its job when it comes to its opinion writers more generally. To wit: Ms. Dolezal's faux-blackness aside, she was a terrible writer; pull four of her articles up in separate tabs, move paragraphs around. Seriously, try it. You'll see what I mean.

All this being said, I have no doubt that Ms. McKay is passionate about this and other causes. I read this article in the first place because the title and the first paragraph suggest that she will tackle an important topic. Given that, she should stick to the policy problem in question. Furthermore, the editorial staff should ensure that she and other writers do the same, instead of granting individuals use of the pages of an essential local newsweekly to increase their name recognition in the community carte blanche at the expense of actual journalism. Anything else makes it difficult for readers to take these articles seriously in the future, which undermines the work of those who want to tackle these problems. The author's mini-resume is included at the end of the article anyway, so why not let the writing speak for itself?

Spokane is at a generational crossroads, and as a fellow young born-and-raised Spokanine, I believe our ability to actually be honest with ourselves and discuss these issues instead of throwing around vague platitudes will determine a lot about the city's future. The Inlander, like it or not, needs to step up to the plate and take reasoned, well-researched stances. Vacuous, anecdotal and self-promoting articles such as Ms. McKay’s simply don't help. If those were all I wanted, I would go read George Nethercutt.

Posted by Spokoutlander on 09/01/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “A New Home

This gives me pause despite how lovely it sounds. I have never yet been to a pub with a seriously effective monitoring ethic.

Posted by Mary Olsen Schumacher on 09/01/2015 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Consistent Charity

This is great. I am currently started my own charity w my company to continue the giving but only through the platform of marijuana. The giving trees.

Posted by Michael Schofield on 09/01/2015 at 8:40 AM

Recent Comments

  • Re: Age of Zaycon

    • As someone who hasn't made a decent living in over two years, hearing "it's easier…

    • on September 1, 2015
  • Re: Connecting the Dots

    • This isn't so much an article as it is a rather amateurish piece of self-promotion/branding…

    • on September 1, 2015
  • Re: A New Home

    • This gives me pause despite how lovely it sounds. I have never yet been to…

    • on September 1, 2015
  • Re: Consistent Charity

    • This is great. I am currently started my own charity w my company to continue…

    • on September 1, 2015
  • Re: Connecting the Dots

    • Which we are you referring to?

    • on August 31, 2015
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