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How to Change the News

Last week, for some reason, I noticed a run of people (OK, three, but still ...) who used Facebook statuses to express some sort of dissatisfaction with the Tucson Weekly.

In each case, one of my "friends" pointed out the complaining post by one of their "friends." (I think people I know enjoy seeing me in various states of misery.)

Since I read all of the comments left on the Weekly's website, I'm aware that people aren't always happy about our content, but what was mildly surprising was the fact that these complaints were about what we hadn't been covering, in particular the Wall Street protests happening over the last couple of weeks. I personally hadn't written about the protests, because we tend to focus on Tucson happenings, and I wasn't entirely sure whether Tucsonans were all that interested.

While my assessment of something's newsworthiness or of our audience's interest isn't always accurate, it isn't going to really change anything if you voice your frustration with editorial choices in a semi-public forum, is it?

Eventually, someone emailed Jimmy Boegle and asked about the lack of protest coverage, and he gave her a forum to write something up.

We're remarkably accessible in this digital age, between email, Twitter and Facebook. We might not take your suggestion—but how do we know what news you want, if you're telling everyone but us?


The week on The Range

We noted that Sen. Jon Kyl was back to saying that his comments aren't intended to be factual statements; wondered if former Surgeon General Richard Carmona was going to run for the U.S. Senate; said goodbye to Michael Drake, the head of the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab, who died last week; and noted that Jared Loughner was facing a day in court this week.

We shared another episode of Arizona Illustrated's Political Roundtable, hosted by Jim Nintzel; looked in on the protests on Wall Street; were disgusted by the GOP presidential candidates' failure to thank a gay soldier for his service to the country; glared angrily at Tucson's peeping toms; and wondered about Congressman David Schweikert's plan to eliminate the dollar bill.

We told you to buy your Fall Club Crawl® wristband; check out the art at Joseph Gross Gallery; adopt a dog from the Humane Society; plan on eating at Casino del Sol's new P.Y. Steakhouse; and chow down on Sunday breakfast at the Tucson Tamale Company.

We shared some new music recommendations; told you about the latest news in Tucson cycling; shared a video about Premises Park; mourned the end of R.E.M.; watched a palm tree catch on fire across the street from our offices; said goodbye to All My Children; started salivating over Tucson Meet Yourself; began boning up on our "bid whist" skills ahead of a tournament at the Onyx Room; previewed the big changes at Facebook; wondered why nobody was watching The Office, Parks and Recreation and Community; and were distracted by some old Saturday Night Live clips.


Comment of the week

"I really enjoyed this show very much, and it saddens my HEART knowing it's cancelled. I remember coming home from school and watching it at lunch time. It was part of my daily routine. (I) will miss the show very much, and not for nothing, we really don't need another cooking show. I will never watch The Chew. They suck."

TucsonWeekly.com commenter "mema" sticks up for All My Children, which ended with the possible death of Erica Kane last week ("Goodbye, 'All My Children,'" The Range, Sept. 23).


Best of WWW

This Saturday is the fall edition of the Tucson Weekly's twice-yearly celebration of music and downtown, and we aim to cover the extravaganza from all digital angles. As in previous years, you can go to ClubCrawl.net and sign up for updates via text message, as our correspondents offer tips. Another option is Twitter, where we'll be providing those same updates on the @tucsonweekly account while using the hashtag #clubcrawl. Follow along, and feel free to join in on the conversation. Also, if you're having the time of your life and want to document the fun in audio form, call our Club Crawl® voicemail number (520-477-CLUB). The best comments (and we use the term "best" loosely here) might make The Range on Monday.

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