A true nobody of uncertain ancestry by the name of Joel Mathis blogs for Philadelphia Magazine for some reason.

From his lofty, shaky perch, he advises others of their shortcomings, such as a recent post about the Inquirer, which I wouldn't have seen except that one of the Inquirer owners, George Norcross, forwarded it around.

That means Mathis is supportive of Norcross, which is OK, but Mathis is wholly dismissive of former Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow, which is not. Mathis isn't fit to lick up Marimow's vomit.

Marimow is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. Beyond that, I personally know Marimow to be a man of truth and honor, whatever his real or imagined faults. He is fighting for what he sees as the values of journalism itself. The only dog he has in the fight is a commitment to the ideals of his profession. That he has been fired more than once, to me, is a badge of honor.

Mathis starts a shallow post on 10/10 like this: "The fight over Bill Marimow's job is not a fight for the future of the Philadelphia Inquirer. It's a fight over how much dignity the Inquirer will be allowed to retain as it slowly dies. And it is shocking how many people inside the Inquirer—from the ownership to the newsroom—don't seem to understand that."

Mathis then lectures Marimow on the future of journalism, which is digital, we all know that, but demonstrates his stupidity by writing the Inquirer will die. If it exists digitally, it will not die. How could Mathis not understand that, or express his ideas so poorly? This is simply shoddy.

Journalism's big question is how to manage the transition from print to digital and Marimow is not willing to abandon print readers (neither am I) nor is he willing to give readers only what they say they want to read. There are some things that must be presented to the citizens of a democracy, whether they want to read them or not. In this business, gate-keepers are required. Marimow did not want to see the Inquirer turn into the New York Post.

There seems to be an element of personal pique, too, as Mathis references a previous post of his criticizing Marimow's vision. Mathis lectures on what he does not understand, but I believe  he is on the "youth" side of the digital divide and his brain hasn't fully formed yet.

Mathis is better suited working on things he has a greater capacity for, such as today's campaign to get Hall & Oates into the Hall of Fame. (I agree with him, which proves that his blind squirrel can find an occasional acorn.)

For your interest, here's the first page of his rantings (he seems to have a lot of time to blog, probably reflecting the knee-jerk, rather than thoughtful, nature of it):

The thing that caught my eye: Zero comments.

Keep fuming, Joel. It's your one hand clapping. Nobody cares.