FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE GEORGIA WONK ISSUES THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:
At 0337 GMT, the Editorial Board received an email from our Chief Correspondent, Mr. Ross Hardy. The email contained the following image, a copy of which we have provided here:
Concealed within the source code of the image, using advanced steganographic techniques, was an encrypted message. Our cryptanalysis unit was able to decipher the message, which appears to be from Mister Hardy, whose location at this time is unknown. The message is printed below, in its entirety.
When I started this blog, I chose the name “Georgia Wonk” for a very specific reason: to talk about Georgia politics and policy. See, one of the narratives to emerge out of the 2016 election was this lament, from the establishment press, that local political coverage seemed to be a thing of the past. Major newspapers had stopped covering local politics, to a great extent; maybe there would be someone at the state capitol, but there wasn’t any reporting going on out at the county level. There was no one, so the press said, who was reporting from local assembly meetings, city council town halls, or Board of Education committees.
That could be me, I thought, at the time.
I’ll be that guy, I thought. I’ll be the one who goes to the city council meetings. I’ll read all the local papers. There’s politics going on here in Georgia, and I’ll keep track of it.
That didn’t happen, at least, not as well as I had hoped. Medical & personal issues have prevented me from taking the field trips to the Gold Dome that I had planned, and after the end of the legislative session in Atlanta, most political coverage in this state dried up. I’ve still tried to keep an eye on local events here in my city, but I haven’t written about any of it, and I’m not sure why.
This blog has morphed into something of a broader look at politics and dimly-understood, elementary philosophy. I don’t want to be That Guy. There are dozens, hundreds of high-quality blogs about everything I’ve written about: comics, politics, ethics, economics, climate. I have nothing original to add to any of those conversations, save regurgitating talking points I’ve synthesized from other sources. If I like something Matt Bruenig writes, I should send him a tweet and say so, not spend 800 words to restate the same thing.
I’m not cut out to be a commentator, not on the national level. That’s why I’m going to make a conscious effort to shift the focus of this blog back to its original purpose: Politics & Policy In Georgia. I still want to do somewhat longer stuff (800-1000 word articles about my personal politics, and things of that nature), but expect more minor posts throughout the day. Who’s been elected, who’s been fired, what’s going in. It’s going to take a while to get this off the ground, but I think this is going to be a fruitful decision.
The message ends here. We have been unable to contact Mister Hardy, and urge anyone who is familiar with his whereabouts to contact the Editorial Board. Do not attempt to breach the defenses of our fortified compound–just think towards us.
We will hear you.
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