Thursday, July 04, 2019
TKC 4TH OF JULY QUESTION: HOW SHOULD OUR BLOG COMMUNITY PROTECT AND IMPROVE FREE SPEECH IN KANSAS CITY?!?
More than any other newsie endeavor in Kansas City, our blog community strives to champion FREE SPEECH for the Kansas City discourse.
Brief aside, we're sad to note this headline that purportedly speaks to the big picture and shouldn't be overlooked:
CNN: American pride has hit an all-time low, a poll finds
Here at TKC nothing could be further from the truth and we always use today to take stock of our vibrant and ongoing conversation.
Accordingly . . .
Without 1st Amendment protections and people who value Independent voices in Kansas City, this blog would have been finished a long time ago.
But we don't just endure, over the past few months this blog has seen an incredible surge in readers, tips, perspectives and partnerships.
We've been doing this for more than a minute and so today we turn to our reader community that's also comprised of those who are an "old hat" at the local media scene . . .
So we ask . . .
HOW SHOULD THE TKC BLOG COMMUNITY MAKE OUR FREE SPEECH DISCOURSE EVEN BETTER IN KANSAS CITY?!?!
Consider that we're using out of the box software but our blog community STILL offers a one-stop shop for better ideas, discussion and insight than any social media outlet or any other local news site wherein blocking, algorithms and sponsored content schemes ruin the conversation.
For this topic we turned to our friend Tracy Thomas who has more media wisdom than most. Tracy seems to confirm and advise a two-fold approach that we're seriously considering:
"Highlight the most astute comments. Maybe a two-tiered thing. Let the cowards of Thunderdome get their jollies, but not front and center with the same weight as the thoughtful readers.
"It will benefit your blog, and actually increase readership--because it's not the bikinis that turn people off, it's the mean-spirited anonymous trolling.
"The off topic drivel that does not add info or opinion or advance the conversation. The coarse language unfit for people who wear clean underpants every day."
As we go on and notice an uptick in sketchy election tactics even at the local level and corporate political hacks attempting to influence the TKC discourse . . . We realize that free speech doesn't mean a free for all.
This is the direction we're headed but just as we respect and prize the 1st Amendment above all else, we also value some of the better and more thoughtful commentary from hardcore readers like those checking in today.
And whilst we aggressively delete advertising spam, try to push back against bully spam and flush obvious troll spam as best we can . . . Make no mistake that more than any other "place" in this cowtown:
TKC remains the last bastion of free speech in Kansas City.
We can't take credit for this, it's mostly the work of readers, AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS and insiders who want us all to know the score behind the scenes.
But our bloggy dominance isn't good enough anymore or, at the very least, we think we can make local politics even more fun for the entire metro. We want to move the political conversation FORWARD and bring the rest of Kansas City a taste or at least an opportunity to partake in our LOVE FOR THE 1ST AMENDMENT.
And so we turn the question over to our blog community for advice about how best to push our devotion to alternative viewpoints to the next level. You decide . . .
In the meantime, this is a good place to take a pause and admire explosions of all kinds on this July Independence Day celebration 2019.
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!
As always, thanks for reading and have a safe and fun night. We hope to see you again for the morning update that'll hopefully be sometime before midday . . . STAY TUNED!!!