Before I start ranting, let me just say how very much I appreciate Public Allies recognizing me with a Change-Maker Award, and what a nice gesture it was of the Raleigh News and Observer to take that occasion to write a profile of me. But…
Why do old media journalists have so much trouble grokking new media? The N&O reporter who wrote this story about me is no older than I am, and I spent at least 30 minutes trying to express this one concept to her: I help progressive nonprofits use the Internet to accomplish their missions.
And yet the article still comes out sounding like an awkward introduction to some kind of space alien. We don’t really get her, but isn’t she quaint?
Peppy and earnest, with funky spectacles and cropped hair, Sinreich also updates her own personal blog, accessed off lotusmedia .org, with tidbits of interest, including her reaction to receiving the award (she found the Public Allies announcement a little “anemic”) and her personal political opinions.
One need only glance at her postings to know she’s an unabashed liberal, she’s quirky and she’s getting married.
Quirky? Funky? Peppy??? Sounds like Punky Brewster.
Final peeve: the article calls me “a self-described ‘technogeek’.” That word is not in my vocabulary. In my mind, “techno” refers to music. I am a geek, plain and simple.
Anyway, thanks so much to Bonnie and Harry at the N&O for doing this, and big ups to my very fabulous friend Cal at Public Allies. Good karma all around, and I hope I can return the favor someday.