Greetings all! I am just jetting back into the good old USA from Venezuala where I was on a special op concerning the recent demise of my long time associate Hugo. What a great guy! Anyway, I have been keeping up with the local Blog scene and recently noticed that Grumpy Granny has written an authoritative history of the Clark County Chatter.
Congratulations to GG and the Chatter. Thank the heathern Gawds that GG has been there throughout the evolution of the CCC or else we fear it would have turned into something horrible. GG’s article is well written and presents the evolution of the site as seen from her eyes and from the ‘inside’ of the CCC. The site is to be congratulated for having survived and thrived for nearly four years. As one who has been ‘on site’ and a witness to the history, allow me to make a few observations. The site was a response to the shut down of the old ‘Hey Martha” site run by the News Tribune. For whatever reasons, the NT opted out. (I don’t recall that they have ever said or explained that). Supermike and Mike Hutt were even featured in a story in the NT about taking up the slack. Supermike jealously guarded his identity and my hat’s off to the guy for stepping up and then stepping out when he did. The early role of Mike Hutt is also a curious fact that answers, for me, Pesty, a lot about why his various antics have been tolerated on the CCC these many years.
One of the constants that has been present and isn’t referred to in GG’s history, is the controversy that has attended the CCC. Very often the site was seen as a virtual campaign tool for Mike Moore both when he was running for re-election as County Commissioner (John Perkins presently is serving out MM’s term) and then when he threw himself into the Jeff Race for Mayor. To its credit, the CCC also made itself available to ANY candidate who wanted a forum to present themselves. Sometimes this was pretty successful and other times it turned into a bash fest. But, given what seems to be the core constituency of the CCC, I suppose that was to be expected.
Aside from helping get Mike Moore elected (and this is not the article to discuss whether that is a good thing or a bad thing) the CCC can justifiably take pride in having an impact on the political life of the community. Pesty knows, as a certainty, that public officials DO give thought to how their actions will be judged in the public forum of the CCC (and Gawnews btw). Certainly, through the efforts of posters on the CCC (and Gawnews) information about our government is often brought into the open. Unfortunately, sometimes that information gets swamped in buckets of ignorant or uninformed comments. But, there IS a value in getting the information out there. The CCC has been succesful (to greater or lesser degrees depending on the issue) in fulfilling this part of its mission.
The CCC has also been instrumental in educating its readers on another vital topic…how do we internet readers behave ourselves with this great new tool of the internet and forums? Like Gawnews, the CCC has had to make up the rules as it came along. The CCC and Gawnews have taken different approaches with the CCC being more restrictive and more formalized. This has drawn lots of complaints and there is little doubt that the rules have not always been applied fairly. But, over all, the CCC has been succesful in establishing what the boundaries of conduct were and enforcing them. That alone is an achievement and deserves acknowledgment. This process was also visible for all to see and if you were paying attention, you learned about how regular people given a rather extraordinary challenge dealt with problem. This was not only educational for us locally, but also helped us be better and more insightful when we looked at other forums and web sites on the internet. Facebook and other websites that offered ‘comments’ we looked at with an insight others didn’t have. I think the local forums should be proud that, in comparison, they hold up pretty damn well. The CCC included.
Congratulations Grumpy Granny and the CCC for a nice article and all your achievements. Sorry you’ll never be quite as good as Gawnews, but then again, who could be?