DC Blogs Noted

A Portland, Oregon based graphic designer has reinterpreted the iconic Metro Map. It is not entirely dissimilar, but has a distinctly fresh feel and (according to the artist) more accurate dimensions and scale. Hat tip to DC Urban Turf for highlighting this new look.

Where the Girls Go posted about a man who was arrested by TSA after ejaculating during his full-body pat down. Twenty minutes of Google searching did not yield any mainstream media outlets reporting this story (editorial thoughts and questions regarding this in the postscript to this Round-Up) however, whether this story is more urban legend than actual occurrence, it is still interesting.

From the Post Requiem on Thanksgiving Desk at DCBlogs:

Snarkshelf writes in compelling fashion about her holiday encounters with the vagaries of life’s odd circle as she juxtaposes her dimentia addled father and her extremely surprising late-in-life pregnancy.

Random recaps, generally speaking, have a difficult time of making their way on to this virtual page (if only because this contributing editor finds them not usually relevant to those who do not have a personal relationship with the author.)   The Weekend in Review from The Cutter Rambles is a notable and enjoyable exception.

Nicole in DC is thankful for the realization that despite the virtue of forgiveness, somethings don’t deserve it.

There is an oddly shaped, but equally striking, building at Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street. The Suntrust Bank building sits in the shadow of Union Station and it has a fascinating history that winds from turn of the century restaurants to the civil rights movement to a fast food joint and beyond. Greater, Greater Washington (insightful posts about quirky bits of DC history is among their hallmarks) did the writing.

Congratulations to I’m Gonna Break Your Heart for completing NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month in case you were not aware) 30 posts in 30 days wasn’t easy.

Editorial Postscript

Given that the new-media genie will never be coaxed back into its electronic bottle, I wonder: if something newsworthy happens but none of the traditional media report, will anyone believe it? Should we believe it?

Assuredly, a story about a man being arrested because of ejaculation during a TSA patdown, smacks of apocrypha. However, how are we to ascertain the truth of a story? At what point does a blog, or some other new media source that Edward Murrow could never have conceived, gain sufficient credibility to be used as reference? On the other side of that question, what are the ethical/professional responsibilities of citizen bloggers/journalists?

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