• We Regret The Error

    By • Dec 3rd, 2007 • Category: Pure Content

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    “Blogging has put the power of publishing at anyone’s fingertips, and the Internet offers a (potential) global audience. People with very specific interests and expertise can now flaunt their wares and knowledge to their community while also making their thoughts available to the world-at-large.

    The result is that you can’t get away with things like you used to. Somebody always knows more, or is willing to take a few minutes on Google to investigate.”

    I love National Public Radio. I’m a supporter of our local station, WBEZ. That’s how I was able to see Patrick Fitzgerald live. It’s the only thing I listen to in the car, unless I’m in a rock-out mood, then I have quite a variety of CDs.

    Yesterday morning, during On The Media, the author Craig Silverman was interviewed as part of a regular feature, Regret The Error. That happens to be the name of Craig’s blog and his new book.

    It got me to thinking about errors I have made on this blog. I have sometimes corrected spelling errors in the background. There was one guy who was apoplectic because I had misspelled Arthur Andersen in some of my earlier posts. I’ve once and a while changed post titles, although the original one stays in cache and is the one I see when looking at my activity stats. That’s irritating.

    I’ve posted other’s notes to me, those that try in vain to correct an impression I have made.

    I have posted comments from anyone who writes. Occasionally they have called me names, said I was an idiot.

    At times, I dissent with your views, some of which seem to contain considerable hyperbole, but I also sometimes find myself enthusiastically agreeing!

    That came this weekend from a Professor of Accounting at a Big 10 university. I’ll take what I can get.

    But sometimes I jump the gun. In my defense, I wrote this post on October 31st. I could not have known that they had at least tried to be courteous. A letter from them dated October 29th has been sitting in my Post Office Box since then.

    “Thank you for your interest in serving on the Public Company Accountancy Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group. Because of the large number of highly experienced and qualified candidates who expressed interest in serving the SAG, the process of paring down the list was difficult. I regret to inform you that you have not been selected to serve on the SAG at this time…”

    It goes on to say that there are other opportunities for involvement such as roundtables and panel discussions, and I am now “on the list.”

    The letter is signed by Tom Ray.

    Please keep me in mind, as I will you. I love DC.

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