Readers, Writers and the New Worders

Lexicon | Media
A guide to the various Worders in the New Media landscape.
It’s no longer just Writers and Readers.
But one term doesn’t fit all.
word ’em up:


Writers: People who write for their day job.
Night-Writers: People who write for their night job.
Knight-Rider’s: Talking car yielded to television which makes us smarter.
Knight-Ridder’s: For sale.
Reuters: (1) Writers with Cockney accents. (2) International news agency founded in London in 1853.
Readers: People who just read the news: leisurely or passively, according to your temperment.
Readhers: People who remind you to read the fairer sex every now and then.
Riders: People who can only create stories by sampling off the pro writers.
Rooters: People who are cheerleaders for a partisan cause. (cf. “wingers”)
Routers: People who route stories to a Big Rooter for spinning/amplification
Raters: People who make aggregatable declarations by giving reputation votes on public comment systems
Rudders: People who steer online discourse back into normality
Rotters: Old media dinosaurs.
Rotors: People joining a new movement I’m starting, tentatively standing for Reporters Without Editors. This is for people who put care into their stories, take time to research, and publish original ideas and thoughts. (“Stand-alone journalist” has not quite caught on). They use web-based presentation and have an advanced commenting system because that’s the best way to communicate constructively. They use a sensible layout, for reverse-chronological layout is no way to treat a reader. They leave in an occasional typo (per hundred words, in my case), but they’d prefer not to. They stick to the topics they know.
Why rotors? Rotors don’t spin– they cause revolutions! They turn around so they can look at all sides of the story. They engage the gears that are otherwise would stand still. They make you think, not make you link. A rotor posts a comment elsewhere which starts “As I wrote previously…” to conserve words. Also, it’s the last word left. And if you look at the logo, you can spell it out. Manifesto to come.