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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Why I Don't Subscribe to the OC Register

There are many reasons why I don't subscribe to the OC Register, chief among them the fact that I am not a Republican. But mainly, it irks me when newspapers decide to start blogs and then don't do any quality control on them at all. "Lindsey" recently posted an item about how the trendy retail store H&M has opened locations in Orange County. Not only is there a glaring misspelling (havn't), she also does not even get the basic facts correct. She writes that, "[b]efore this summer the only places you could find an H & M were New York and L.A." That is not true at all. There are H&M stores in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Emeryville, Pasadena, and Arcadia, and those are just a few of the California locations. There are also H&M stores in Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Rhode Island, among other states. I knew about the H&M stores in San Francisco, as I have shopped there, and I found the rest of the information right on the H&M Web site.

If you are going to run blogs as part of your newspaper's Web site, the blogs, and their authors, should at least adhere to some minimum standard of accuracy. Otherwise, I think it reflects poorly on the whole newspaper. And yes, all newspapers make mistakes, blogs are supposed to be a fun way to reach out to readers, etc., etc. But that's no excuse for posting things that are just plain wrong!


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