March 22, 2006


With the end of the Nitke case, it's clear everyone involved is disappointed. The problem with taking on tough tasks is that, by definition, it's a tough task. Fighting the good fight is no guarantee of victory. I've come to know some of the people involved, and how much they've put into this case.

I suppose, on a personal level, I came out of it OK. I didn't get attacked (deposed and cross-examined in testimony, but I could handle that, it was conducted professionally). I made some friends, and will be warmly recommended (though I don't think I'm connected enough to get any $110/hour expert-witness gigs, those are political plums, at least I can ruefully note another "dues payment" to The Cause). I did my best, helped with what I could, and at times that's just not enough to win.

This case was my last big "open" civil-liberties task. I too often think I'm going to get my big break, and be vaulted to netgeek rockstardom (or at least some level above street performer). But that's a delusion. It won't happen unless either I strike it rich (so I can buy the necessary attention), or get a prestigious policy position (so the institution directs attention to me) - both of which, contrary to some myth, are relatively difficult and improbable. Otherwise, I'm going to be slogging in obscurity forever.

Now that this case is over, I think yet another reason for me to keep a blog is gone. I thought there might be something to "citizen journalism" coverage. But again, I think any objective assessment of the results would have to be negative. Nobody is going to read me just for the very occasional update. And as I keep asking, what's so great about being an unpaid freelancer?

Posting will be light/attic-cleaning mode due to real work and other writing. Blog is not quite dead (yet?), but "Life Trumps Blogging".

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism | on March 22, 2006 11:49 PM (Infothought permalink)
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For what it's worth, I've enjoyed your posts these past few years and will always be happy when a new one fall into my RSS reader.

Posted by: Bug at March 23, 2006 06:01 PM


Posted by: don warner saklad at March 26, 2006 09:06 AM

For what it's worth, even light blogging will over a period of time create a useful resource. The illusion is that blogging is all about immediacy - but for a site like yours, it can be viewed as more the incremental creation of a reference work. So keep up the good (occasional?) work.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward at March 27, 2006 01:27 PM