Times’ columnist Hector Tobar talks with playwright Anna Deavere Smith about how Los Angeles has changed — and how it hasn’t — since the ’92 riots.
"Probably the person who said the only color in Los Angeles is green was right," she said. In L.A., as elsewhere in America, "There’s been this extraordinary increase in the gap between those who have and those who don’t."
It’s hard not to agree with that observation when the unemployment rate in some L.A. County communities is hovering near 20% and our public schools and other services are being decimated by budget cuts. We are, without a doubt, a less optimistic people.
On the other hand, the horrific gang violence of the day — with its monthly “body counts” in the dozens — is largely a thing of the past. The races mix more freely than ever before, although a small minority of ignorant and intolerant Angelenos has a new bullhorn to play with: the Internet.
Mostly one person. I work on nearly all of the posts, respond to questions and trawl the Dashboard and tags. Armand works on the template but has been known to put up awesome entries. And we’ve got Jessica for the summer.
The false indignation over Pete's (Nevver) use of your Electric Daisy disturbance photo seems a transparent attempt to call attention to the fact that he rebloged one of your photog's pics. In his defense, the pic looked better without the lens flare. Lens flare does no skew the facts portrayed in the image.
We’ve rebloggednevverbefore. If you hadn’t noticed, we often reblog others when we see that they post Times stories and photos before we do. Why dilute the “like” distribution? Why ignore people for sending readers to our main site? We like the hearts, but we’re not trying to hoard them. (Also: less work for us!)
It was less indignation and more an excuse to (1) explain why we didn’t just reblog Neighborhoodr L.A. (one of our faves!) and (2) talk about journalism ethics for those who don’t know. Whatever your opinion is on lens flares, media organizations do not retouch pictures like that. We wanted the original news photo circulating, too, and hoped that whoever checked the notes on nevver's post would see our photographer's amazing shot.
And one more thing. It’s important to call us out. We care about spelling and grammar and sourcing and photo permissions, and it really bums us out when we have to issue a correction. But we’re not the Internet police, we’re not here to issue copyright notices, we’re not going to get all mad if we tumbl a photo and then three weeks later someone else tumbls the SAME photo and it’s picked for Radar AND OMIGAWWD.
In other words, we’re not here to win, we’re here to make friends.
Question: Do you scroll down on your Tumblr Dashboard?
Another "just curious" question. After you’ve been gone from Tumblr for a certain amount of time — say, overnight — do you scroll down on the Dashboard until you find the last post you saw? Or do you scroll down until you get bored, then hit refresh? Or…?
It’d be cool if the Tumblr Engineering team could figure out a way to get the Dashboard to remember the last-read post and load appropriately. (After they stabilize everything else, of course!) (Not to sound ungrateful.) (<3 you, Tumblr.)
You might have gotten eight hours of sleep, and may not even feel tired. But when sleep is interrupted frequently—as it is in a wide range of disorders, including sleep apnea, alcoholism and Alzheimer’s disease—the ability to learn new things can be dramatically impaired, says a new study conducted on mice.