I’m wearing my DMZ shirt with the PRESS label flipped to the visible side today. That’s because I have now been credited with doing “additional reporting” for Wired.com. The story is on the emergence of Citizendium as an alternative to Wikipedia. I’m doing some stuff with this Assignment Zero thing because it’s neat and I have the time to do so.
It’s kind of disorganized and if you don’t jump up and say this is what I want to do because it’s really really really important, you kind of get left behind. That’s a bit of a problem for me because of my inability to think what I do is important at the best of times.
Kazuo Ishiguro said it very well (in words to this effect): “Journalism is about working yourself up into a lather over something you previously felt nothing about. It is diametrically opposed to what you do as a novelist, which is to very slowly discover what you feel about things.” I fall much more naturally into the second of those two.assignment zero journalism kazuo ishiguro wired