MORONGO BASIN – Arianna Huffington on puffing her new citizen journalist blog could learn a thing or two from Cactus Thorns bloggers. We’ve been doing for years what she has recently accomplished in her hugely successful citizen journalist blog. And this blog has taken off in the Basin. It’s not in competition with the local media, but rather it’s an alternative to local media news.
During the past November elections, THORNS bloggers were busy busting the tips of their fingers getting the message out there. It was a conduit for freedom of speech, both from local citizen reporters and from many of the candidates themselves.
Arianna’s Huffington Post has been around for awhile and is a trend setter in terms of the blogosphere. For along while, people were dissatisfied with the way campaigns were covered. Things really changed for the better this past elections in the Morongo Basin. And they changed for the Huffington Post. The Alternative News Media came into focus and was introduced to the public. Arianna too was successful in the same way. But we were first on many levels. THORNS provided a platform, a forum, for endless discussions of “who’s up, who’s down, who’s gaining traction, and who’s losing it.”
Most remarkable, CACTUS THORNS and most of its bloggers didn’t endorse any candidates — unlike local media who essentially had their support bought by candidates clamoring to buy time or space to get their sound bites out there. No offense to them for making an honest living. However, all candidates had free and equal access to Cactus Thorns. All without sound bites. Real dialogue and commentary sprang from the ashes of the usually dull campaigning.
Unlike Arianna’s “Huffington Post”, THORNS doesn’t have any fancy communications directors or project directors running the big show. It all gets done, somehow. . . from desertrider disapproval of government to Mike missing the big picture.
If there is a fire around here, there is DanO and Cora on the spot with digital camera in hand to put the news out here as it unfolds. And our very own 29 Palms Mayor on the spot with a big smile for THORN’S citizen journalists.
Then there is our queen mother, Margo. Perhaps some day we all can be clued in on the Machiavellian politics and mean spirited machinations going on within the private affairs of a Yucca Valley not for profit, public held organization.
Don’t misread me, I truly and deeply love Arianna.
P.S. — Ienjoy her “Huffington Post” blog too.