The Lubbock Bubble
I talked about this on air, but I think it bears repeating here. Lubbock is a pretty good place to live, but guess what: LUBBOCK IS PART OF THE WORLD. Yes, Lubbock is in Texas and Texas is in the United States and the United States is part of the world. You wouldn't know this if you read Lubbock Online. More after the jump.
I woke up this morning wanting to see what happened at last nights Democratic National Convention. Let's keep politics out of this, as a morning d.j./announcer/whatever, I need to know if someone started talking to an empty chair, somebody lied or even if everything went well. So I headed over to Lubbock Online (the online version of the Lubbock A.J.) and the top story was "Cowboy Symposium Underway" or something to that effect. Now USA today, The New York Times and The Dallas morning news all had headlines along the lines of "President asks for more time" or "President asks for patience" (hardly flattering headlines, they were generic at best); yet here in Lubbock the news people have their heads so far up their own rears they don't see the big picture. Sadly KCBD "The news leader"? wasn't much better, burying the story five stories down. "Everything Lubbock" was the worst, not having anything current at all, with only a story about Bill Clinton's speech nine stories down.
I realize we are conservative territory; this isn't the problem. The problem is, crappy news reporting. Even if you are a conservative the Democratic Convention should be the top of your 'news radar' just so you can pick apart what they are saying. Instead of providing you with coverage you can make your own decision on, the Lubbock news media chooses to either be lazy or avoid controversy by not giving the event any press at all.
You know mom and pop shops love to complain about stores like Wal-Mart putting them out of business. The truth is, Wal-Mart has better selection and in many instances lower prices, meaning you can get what you want at a price you want. Now, t.v. and newspaper should learn, if you don't provide adequate coverage, we'll go to some place that does, so when your ratings fall and your subscriptions fall, don't say you weren't warned.
The point to all this is, Lubbock or Lubbock's media may want to pretend we're in some kind of 'bubble' where the outside world doesn't matter....guess what? The internet is a giant pin that can pop that bubble anytime.