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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Speaking Truth to Power

OK, so speaking truth to power is part of my job description as an editorial cartoonist. It ain't always fun (sometimes it is). Here's an open letter to Mr. Pluck and whoever else calls the shots on these blogs:

This new blog is a total letdown. We were told "this blog isn't changing, but it will have a lot of new improvements," and we were asked to tell this to our readers. BorgBlog's readers are responding with one giant, monolithic voice, "Who do you think you're fooling?"

The new Pluck blog is anything but an improvement in the case of BorgBlog. My readers used to be able to come to my blog and find an aesthetically pleasing column of drawings and essays, easy to navigate and post comments on, and enlarge the images with a single click for the many who chose to visit to scratch their graphic itch. Now it is a column of post titles, clicking over and back, over and back, over and back to miserly image files. What a disappointment.

There's no shortage of blame, some of which goes to Blogger, whose attention was increasingly difficult to capture when posting. A bigger share goes to the jerks whose inappropriate comments made it necessary to seek a more accountable format. I can hardly blame corporate for seeking a better system to police those whose fundamental incivility constantly threatened to sink the old blogs, as well as my faith in humanity.

Maybe Pluck is working well for those writers whose style fits it naturally. And Lord knows, I don't miss moderating comments. But for a graphics-oriented blog like this one, Pluck is no improvement. BorgBlog readers and I are all losing interest fast.


at 5/30/08, 11:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hear Hear! Hate the Pluck. Baaaad Pluck.
Thanks - Jim in DC

at 6/1/08, 7:28 PM Anonymous jkat said...

Thanks Jim. This new format does not work for any of the blogs. i used to come to several of the blogs several times a day. Yours being one of the ones I enjoyed visiting most. Now I just don't do it period. I don't know if it will do anything, but thanks for taking the time to speak out.

at 6/2/08, 6:47 AM Anonymous Bearman said...

Amen. In addition to what you said is wrong with it, much of the problem is that BorgBlog links throughout the site go to this old version rather than the new one. Now you have to click 3 times to get to the same place you used to click once.

I'll keep looking for you...even though it's harder and harder.

at 6/2/08, 1:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking our side on this Jim!

at 6/3/08, 2:31 AM Anonymous Shane said...

I too liked the format of the old BorgBlog. Hopefully you can work it out. We all love seeing your stuff.


at 6/3/08, 5:46 PM Anonymous Sue said...

This is the last post on my RSS feed! I tried the new site and cannot find you! I'm sure some of it is being a Mac rather than aa Wintel, but still....
Now what?

at 6/4/08, 6:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for speaking out on this issue. I used to go to your blog daily, but after the first frustrating day on the new site I just found it easier to skip that bookmark. Hope there is a resolution in sight.

at 6/6/08, 12:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jim. I couldn't agree with you more, about both the difficulty in navigating and the goons who created the need for a new format. Love your work!

at 6/10/08, 3:42 PM Anonymous vudutu said...

Jim, I really feel for you and the other poor folks who have to endure this idiotic change. I am amazed at the lack of design sense people have. This is a classic example of "bigger is NEVER best", a manager, in a company so big, so distanced from his users AND customers approved this. Sounds to me like management WANTS to drive this company into the ground.

A better idea than registration would have been to let the people managing the blog approve the posts, they should be reading them anyway.

Here is what I posted on the foodies blog change...

"I was waiting for someone to start comment on this. It sucks, not just a little but a LOT, as does the "transition" or lack there of, heck I can't even FIND the new blogs from any Inquisitor site. Poor Sara Pearce must be flippin out, anyone with ANY sense of design will be barfin in their keyboards. Friday I went to the Coco's opening and my first thoughts upon entering were "How do you spend 200K and make a place look worse? Dark, zero color, dumb theme, "just a block from the jail"! Same with the new blog, just bad, but what do you expect, they could not even get the time stamp set right on the old blog. In the meantime Julie is crankin out great looking reviews over at Wonder how long it will take for this post to disappear, or can they even find it?"

Jim, good luck, I hope they come to their senses and fix it, or just go back to the old software and just click that approve comment button.

at 6/19/08, 8:55 AM Blogger Paul said...

Hi Jim–

It's not the same - it used to feel like "home", now it's cold and distant. I look forward to a better solution sometime in the future (hopefully sooner, rather than later).


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