I am worried for a) the internets, and b) the state of journalism in today’s universe.
Because someone thought me worthy enough to be interviewed for a People magazine piece on the TV show "The Office". Worthy, based on a couple of posts I made regarding The Office on this here blog here. Yes, I was interviewed via telephone yesterday by a writer for People magazine (at least, he claimed he was a writer for People magazine). He wanted my opinions on the NBC version of The Office being nominated for The Emmys. I answered his questions.
I had mixed emotions about the whole affair. It was nice, I guess, to be singled out from the pack and asked my opinion. But, really, why should my opinion matter?
Seriously, if this is the state of journalism (even if it’s "entertainment" journalism), where a hack like me potentially (I honestly doubt I’ll get mentioned in the article) becomes a source in such a piece, and the things I say thereby achieve some level of legitimacy because they’re in this magazine (even if it is just People), then I wonder about the legitimacy of sources in every piece of journalism I see or read in the future.
In the grand scheme of things, I am a Nobody With A Blog (and I am not being self-deprecating, just honest). Since when have we started caring what Nobodies have to say? I realise that blogs have become a popular buzz-phenom in the mainstream media, and I know that the media has begun to masturbate itself all over the fad, but when I am the chicken that the media begins to choke, then I think it’s gone quite a bit too far.
I should not be interviewed for a People magazine piece on The Office. I just shouldn’t.
I think somebody, somewhere, made a big mistake.