The Perils of Outsourcing

Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post has a funny take on the notion of outsourced journalism, taking off on a real story — about Indian journalists covering town meetings in Pasadena — that we blogged about here.

You may recall that Weingarten is the same journalist who wrote the fantastic piece about world-class violinist Joshua Bell‘s undercover concert in a D.C. subway station.

Approximately one million years ago, I interviewed at the Post for a job that I didn’t get. By far the best part of the experience was briefly meeting Weingarten, who was a great writer even then.


lermit

Oh come on be precise...

.lermit

majikthise

I found the Joshua Bell piece incredibly obnoxious, on at least two fronts. First, it was the equivalent of a verbal strip tease, taking waay too long to get to the punch line. Second, it presumed that something is wrong with us / society / people who cannot instantly recognize quality high-culture classical musician-ship.

frankenduf

lol to the Dr.'s name/Gleason homage- it reminded me of the stooges' default nazi name of schickelgruber, or perhaps seinfeld's default name of Vandelay

kentavos

I enjoyed both articles. Thanks for turning me on to him.

To #2, I'll have to go back and read the Joshua Bell piece, but I didn't sense any condescending tone.

It seemed to me it was more of an interesting social experiment about aesthetics and universal appeal. Like a surprise, blind taste test of sorts between off brand cola and coke. Does the average person really notice a difference if they aren't paying attention?

CrispusAttickus

Before the Joshua Bell piece, I didn't know about Gene. Thanks for introducing me to, in my opinion, an excellent writer.

Chris Dillon

Weingarten (inadvertantly?) makes his point at the end of the story:

"Next week: The Wuhan province in China issues its quarterly agricultural report. My fee is negotiable in U.S. dollars or yuan."

Wuhan is a city, not a province.

lermit

Oh come on be precise...

.lermit

majikthise

I found the Joshua Bell piece incredibly obnoxious, on at least two fronts. First, it was the equivalent of a verbal strip tease, taking waay too long to get to the punch line. Second, it presumed that something is wrong with us / society / people who cannot instantly recognize quality high-culture classical musician-ship.

frankenduf

lol to the Dr.'s name/Gleason homage- it reminded me of the stooges' default nazi name of schickelgruber, or perhaps seinfeld's default name of Vandelay

kentavos

I enjoyed both articles. Thanks for turning me on to him.

To #2, I'll have to go back and read the Joshua Bell piece, but I didn't sense any condescending tone.

It seemed to me it was more of an interesting social experiment about aesthetics and universal appeal. Like a surprise, blind taste test of sorts between off brand cola and coke. Does the average person really notice a difference if they aren't paying attention?

CrispusAttickus

Before the Joshua Bell piece, I didn't know about Gene. Thanks for introducing me to, in my opinion, an excellent writer.

Chris Dillon

Weingarten (inadvertantly?) makes his point at the end of the story:

"Next week: The Wuhan province in China issues its quarterly agricultural report. My fee is negotiable in U.S. dollars or yuan."

Wuhan is a city, not a province.