it's been about a year since i started this blog. as i stated in my inaugural post, one of my primary motivators was the crap writing from our esteemed l.a. times. their factual reporting is usually okay, though they do rely on the bus riders' union for an "opposing perspective" all too often. i hate this because public transit is not a team sport, where there are only two sides and a definitive winner. also, i've yet to talk to an actual bus rider that agrees with much of what this so-called union advocates.
back to the l.a. times, they're anecdotal writing invariably makes me want to vomit. it seems that they decided to continue their tradition of "oooohhhh, public transit is soooo novel and weird" with this piece. of course we all want to avoid being stabbed, but what insight could a single ride possibly give you? the shallowness is pretty plain when the subway is described as "a commuter culture that relies on nobody seeing nothing." when that's still a part of a writer's perspective on l.a. public transit, additional thoughts on the topic tend to not exactly be deep. i'd humbly request that the author page through my blog here. strangers strike up conversations and otherwise acknowledge each other all the time. but, i guess, that's too normal to make for good copy.