Cambridge Civic Journal Forum

July 14, 2009

Of Bloggers and Journalists

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Robert Winters @ 3:18 pm

“The Number One thing I would emphasize is that journalists and bloggers would do well to see themselves as partners in the provision of information and that each can benefit greatly from the other. I’ve never seen this as a competition. It is especially true these days that local papers and young journalists are not very well-versed in the communities they serve. Much of the institutional memory has either died out or been bought out.” — Robert Winters, mathematician and creator of the Cambridge Civic Journal, an online publication about Cambridge, MA (

The Philosphy of Fezziwig

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Robert Winters @ 12:48 pm

Jorkin: “Come, come, Mr. Fezziwig, we’re good friends besides good men of business. We’re men of vision and progress. Why don’t you sell out while the going’s good? You’ll never get a better offer. It’s the age of the machine, and the factory, and the vested interests. We small traders are ancient history, Mr. Fezziwig.”

Fezziwig: “It’s not just for money alone that one spends a lifetime building up a business, Mr. Jorkin…. It’s to preserve a way of life that one knew and loved. No, I can’t see my way to selling out to the new vested interests, Mr. Jorkin. I’ll have to be loyal to the old ways and die out with them if needs must.”

Scrooge: “I think I know what Mr. Fezziwig means, sir.”

Jorkin: “Oh, you hate progress and money, too, do you?”

Scrooge: “ I don’t hate them, sir, but perhaps the machines aren’t such a good thing for mankind, after all.”

Memorable scene in “A Christmas Carol”

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