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Truth and Wisdom... Maybe Not by Emmett Strode

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An old reporter once told me, "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story." Over the years I've come to see the wisdom in that advice. Well, maybe not so much "wisdom" as "truth."

All good reporters work to be good writers. The best writers choose their words with care. The best reporters choose their words to reflect the story they are reporting. Or if you'll allow, the tale they are telling. All the best reportage is literature. All the rest is filler. Sometimes it serves a purpose. Most times that purpose is to just fill the space available.

Now that the Internet is going full tilt there is a lot more space to fill, and everyone is trying to do their part to fill it up. More often that not what gets dropped into the space available is just filler. Think of it as fill dirt. The stuff dumped into the hole to help provide a better foundation for the final structure. Judging by the depth of the hole, it may be a while before enough fill has been dumped to allow the construction of Internet literature.

Now, before you start bouncing around like Tigger and voicing your objections to the aforesaid. Yes, I'm aware of e-books written with the intention of making them available only on the Internet. And yes, I'm aware that many great works of literature are now available on the Internet. These are not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about great writing that started life as reportage. I'm talking about Twain, Hemingway, and even Hunter Thompson who made filling the space available an art form. 

Remember to never let the facts get in the way of a good story. And never let the facts keep you from filling the space available. My allotted space is now filled. I've sacrificed very few, if any, facts and I've managed to dump a little more fill into the great maw of the Internet.

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