Goodbye, farewell, and amen…or why MLive is way cooler than AfterMASHBy
Hi. My name is Jeff. Some of you already know that. Good-bye.
I’m retiring Dyspathy to cover metro Detroit full-time at MLive.com. Things will be different at MLive. For the better, I think. My writing style will stay true to Dyspathy’s essential elements: dated pop culture references, sentence fragments, and an gleeful desire to lance the boil of hypocrisy festering on our region’s ample hindquarters. Also, Garfunkel and Oates. I’ll find a way to work them in. Promise.
Of course, they won’t let me swear. Or call people like Matt Millen a human colostomy bag, even though he’s obviously just that. And HR says I can’t keep a giant ass panda in MLive office. No giant-ass pandas either.
But that’s ok. To be totally honest, if Dyspathy remained as is, this place could get stale really quick. As the great British philosophers David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls once said, “there’s a fine line between stupid and…clever.”
Right now, Dyspathy is like Howard Cosell circa 1971. I don’t want to wake up one morning to realize it’s become Howard Cosell circa 1991. Hooking up with Michigan’s most read news site is a tremendous opportunity to take what we’ve built here to a wider audience and make it respectable, with polish and nuisance.
And I do mean we. Dyspathy worked because, without question, it’s had the best comments section of any local mainstream media site or blog. I hope you will not only continue to read my stuff, but participate on MLive like you have here.
Finally, thank you to Dora’s Web World for the reasonably priced bandwidth, Andy at Hot Fudge Detroit for his wonderful art project, and Alan and Dave for volunteering as ad hoc copy editors. It was difficult, unpaid work but they happily found my typos, copy mistakes, and assorted malapropisms. The help was always appreciated.
So, that’s that.