Monday, July 6, 2009

Are Journalists Control Freaks?

I'm having a disagreement with a friend, who believes that journalists have control issues. No. 1, he says, because they control the access to information and, No. 2, because journalists have to have a reason for everything. Basically he asserts that journalists cannot accept an answer without justification. And he thinks we're ALL like this.

So my journalist-friends, let me know what you think. I, of course, whole-heartedly disagree. And not because I don't have control issues, but because I don't think that all journalists have control as a major issue in their lives.

Journalists: Do you have to run everything in your life? Even if your friends, family and colleagues don't think that you're controlling them? Do you have to have an "acceptable" reason before you can understand why someone disagrees with you? Do other journalists you know share your mindset?

Speak up control freaks. And let me know if I'm talking about you. Or if you disagree with my friend, like I do.

Photo: The Bathers by Fernand Leger at the Museum of Fine Art, Montreal

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Montreal Musings: Montreal Jazz Fest Day 1

Made it to Montreal for the Montreal Jazz Fest and I've decided I'll be tweeting, and blogging here about everything Montreal while I'm here. Check me out and enjoy. Its been fun, surprising and exciting so far. I gotta get a nap before checking out Melissa Laveaux and Kool and the Gang tonight. Keepin it jazzy, JD

3:10 p.m. In the airport there r downward sloping peoplemovers - great in theory unless ur wearing thong wedge sandals. Ouch

3:30 When the driver of the hotel shuttle turns on the radio, why am I surprised to hear French-speaking DJs introducing French pop music and Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

3:35 Overheard on hotel bus: Spirited discussion btw new friends, Victoria, Human geography prof of Caribbean descent, & Troy, biology prof.

4:00 There's a 30 percent chance of rain & likelihood of overcast climate 4 my entire stay. But I don't care! I'm happy to be away. Feeling like the old Joyce, pre-house, pre-mommy, pre-responsibilities. Adventerous, creative, carefree. And yes I do feel guilty writing that. It's hard to deny who you are on the inside.

4:20 Been here 2 hours and just found out its Canada Day! Who knew?

4:30 Hotel shuttle driver says Benjamin Franklin was staying in the Governors House when he said that its easier to buy Canadians than it is to convince them to join us.

5:10 Met Mark Whitfield from Chris Botti's band in hotel elevator. "When I used to play these festivals 15, 20 years ago, they used to be free."

5:45 Got my press pass (with my picture on it) & tickets to about 10 great shows! WHOOOHOOO!

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