April 30, 2008

World Famous in Rhode Island

Justin Katz

Ian Donnis has a piece in this week's Providence Phoenix exploring the RI blogging scene. The picture of Marc, Andrew, and me having coffee at Starbucks — I hasten to note — is contrived propaganda. It was raining, and we couldn't do the shoot on an aircraft carrier in Newport, so we followed the photographer's suggestion of the Biltmore (which has free WiFi, by the way). Moreover, this photo was sort of an afterthought, so I'd already folded my giant American flag.

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I think it's interesting that Jerzyk wants to sell his blog-is Matt going capitalist on us?

Posted by: joe bernstein at May 1, 2008 12:16 AM

Starbucks is an excellent example of supply-side economics in action... i.e. supply creates its own demand. Who would have thought 20 years ago that [largely] middle class people would voluntarily pay $3-$6 for a cup of specialty coffee that they really don't need?

I go to Starbucks nearly everyday (spying on liberals mainly... it's amazing what one overhears). I noticed the other day while drinking my grande nonfat no whip cafe mocha the following quote on the side of my cup by conservative commentator George Will:

"Because true conservatives are pessimists, they are happier than liberals, for three reasons. First, pessimists are rarely surprised. Second, when they are wrong they are delighted to be so. Third, pessimists do not put their faith in princes--in government. They understand that happiness is a function of fending for oneself. Happiness is an activity; it is inseparable from the pursuit of happiness."

Obviously, this is all part of the greater vast right wing conspiracy to take over another bastion of liberalism.

PS for anyone who frequents it, the Starbucks in Newport will be closed for renovations from May 1st thru 13th!

Posted by: Will at May 1, 2008 12:57 AM

I just read the piece and I noticed something a little funny about the online version on the Phoenix article. If you visit page 2, a few paragraphs from the top, it reads:

"...While relatively few independent bloggers can assemble a similarly well-staffed, expansive, and profitable operation, Rhode Island’s blogosphere has become impressive in its variety.

There are, to name a few, locally based blogs for tech geeks and entrepreneurs, the legal community, same-sex marriage proponents, industrial designers, the young and irreverent, Democrats, and Republicans, and those concerned with intellectual property..."

What I noticed is that the hyperlinks for the "...Democrats, and Republicans..." both point to the Democratic Party website! I always assume The Phoenix had a little bit of a left wing tilt, but...

Anyway, I think it's a pretty good article. So, do we have any rich "right wing" Republican buyers for RI Future?

Posted by: Will at May 1, 2008 1:11 AM

Too bad the aircraft carrier wasn't available. From the looks of Pat Crowley's photo you probably could have all posed standing on his forehead and had plenty of room to unfurl that American Flag.

Posted by: Greg at May 1, 2008 7:41 AM

Starbucks at the Biltmore is one of my favorite stops. Pretty good article and exposure for Anchor Rising.

Posted by: michael at May 1, 2008 8:43 AM

Will, thanks for mentioning the mistaken link. I've mentioned it to the appropriate people, and it should be corrected.

Posted by: Ian Donnis at May 1, 2008 10:53 AM

Thanks. It was actually a very well-written piece.

PS The Projo should only be so fortunate to have something similar in print which is actually interesting and relevant to anyone under age 65. That's one of many reasons why -- mark my words -- the Projo will be a free newspaper like the Phoenix within the next 5 years -- that is, if it still has a dead tree edition at all.

Posted by: Will at May 1, 2008 5:07 PM
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