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UPDATED – 2-24-15  
     I put this under the comments but thought I’d move it to the front page as I take Rednek’s advice and ignore Smart’s drivel – for the most part – moving on:
     I have to go back to Smart for a minute and test your memories:
     This man spends all day writing long, unreadable, nonsensical pieces for a Facebook page with 434 “likes” which means about 24 people actually read it. The one constant commenter on there is Bob Straub. Does anyone know who Bob Straub is/related to?
[Hint: It is one of my “favorite,” most outrageous stories of all time!]



          Smart has taken an absolutely unacceptable low road.  As noted here last week, LNP has hired Dorine Bethea as their “Breaking News Editor,” (click here).  On her Twitter page, her last two entries before being hired by LNP involve the website “Mashable” and her Tweet on November 13th is a quote by their chief marketing officer, “Relevance is the new Authenticity.”
     Feeling jealous and out-of-touch and without a clue, Smart must have googled the expression and found a bizarre article on the “Ottawa Citizen” titled, “Potter: Authenticity, anti-vaxxers, and the rise of neoprimitivism,” (click here).
     You went way, way too far this time, Smart.  You don’t even have a clue what authenticity or relevance means!  This is outrageous!
     Their two Twitter pages are captured below and the above is an illustration from the article Smart links to on Twitter and also on his “Smart Remarks” Facebook page.



18 Responses to ** UPDATED 2-24-15 – * NEOPRIMITIVISM? – MARCH ON!

  1. Frank Lee says:

    What a loser. I swear he’s the “Cliff Barnes” of print media.

  2. Frank Lee says:

    LNP is nothing more than a merchandiser/brochure with coupons. One thing I have to say in Shill’s defense. He doesn’t jump on the LIP and whine about his personal life as an excuse for the predictable crap he writes.

    • Becky says:

      Frank, I think the Napster might have gotten into trouble for that! Still can’t believe it! And while we’re on the topic ( 😛 ), Nap’s wife filed to resume her maiden name the day before Valentine’s Day. Ouch!

  3. Rednek says:

    Well let’s see….who better than LNP to know what manure (BS) is?????

    They are constantly and consistently giving their subscribers BS when it comes to the Marriott/Con Center, Chief Sadley, Mayor Dick, and the vibrant downtown.

    You have to admit….they know their BS!!!!!

  4. huh? says:

    Another thing about those Amish shows. I’ve always been suspicious that the LNP never touched the “Breaking Amish” show because one of the “stars” had the last name High.

  5. huh? says:

    This is totally off topic but I wanted to post something:

    The LNP is calling Amish Mafia “complete manure” — it’s strange how they hyper focused on this series and pretty much ignored ‘Breaking Amish.’

    Anyway, you would think that one of the crack investigative reporters would wonder, in print, about the connection between the PI and attorney Breit on the show as well as their connection in the stalking case. Something smells rotten in that one.

    • Becky says:

      Huh? – You must be reading my mind. I have the Amish Mafia “manure” editorial pulled up to write about. Regarding Breit, whenever LNP discusses the Amish Mafia they pointedly leave him out. He is one of LNP court reporter Brett Hambright’s buddies – Breit can always call him when he wants something in the news. I am keeping my eye on the stalking case – have a feeling it will be a light plea deal and we’ll never really hear about it again.

      Rednek’s comment is excellent and I need to take it to heart. But all this talk about authenticity – Lancaster, of course, is the “City Authentic!” Hmmmm… opens the door for all kinds of things… 😛

      • Becky says:

        I have to go back to Smart for a minute and test your memories:

        This man spends all day writing long, unreadable, nonsensical pieces for a Facebook page with 434 “likes” which means about 24 people read it. The one constant commenter on there is Bob Straub. Does anyone know who Bob Straub is/related to?

  6. Rednek says:

    Gil ‘NOT SO” Smart is just not worth commenting on anymore. He is fully entrenched as the ‘fair-haired boy’ at LNP, and obviously he has no hope of ever relocating to a real newspaper.

    Who else, other than LNP, would put up with his drivel???

  7. huh? says:

    Becky, years ago, the phrase ‘contemporary ancestors’ was used in relation to describe Appalachian and Ozark and “holler” people who were both idealized as ‘simple folks’ who still lived like their ancestors. It was used to infantilize and idealize. And give the impression that they weren’t smart enough or of the world enough to make ‘grown up’ modern decisions. Sort of like “pet people” for the rich to plow money into without consulting those neoprimitives or looking any farther then their perceived poverty.

    Sort of like how missionaries went to Africa and other places to spread the word of God and wearing clothing to people who really had no clue who these ‘white saviors’ were and what the hell were they talking about.

    You’ve seen the essays in National Geographics and on TV about “untouched” tribes in South America and other jungles.

    The only thing that neoprimitivism might imply is the practice of ‘returning to the land’ by people who are already well aware and well a part of the modern world who choose to live a ‘simpler’ life. But with antibiotics of course. 🙂

    Anyway, the contemporary ancestor theory was popular for a while in the early 20th century. When they thought that these ‘simple people’ were holy fools and then they got pissed off when the people turned out to be just as complex, unmanageable, and uncontrollable as anyone else. Then they were deemed ‘savages.’ Old crap wrapped in a new phrase it seems is what we have here.

  8. huh? says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but are they referring to what used to be called “contemporary ancestors” ? As in people living now as they lived long ago, i.e. backward and less educated and primitive in their ways?

    Good catch, Becky regardless. Gil doesn’t know what to do with himself. There is NO WAY that he suddenly comes up with the word neoprimitive all on his own.

    This is EXACTLY as I suspected when the ivory, Caucasian towers of the LNP brings in an accomplished minority individual. These yokels don’t know what to do with themselves and have absolutely no skills in doing regular day to day work with someone who is “foreign” to them. I can see Gil tripping over his tongue around her and I can imagine all these yokel incompetents glad handing her. I’m so happy that they hired someone who is ten times more educated that most of them and has suffered fools like them and sees right through them. Usually organizations like this hire a stereotype and then when it doesn’t work, they pat themselves on the back and say “see?” to themselves. See? We tried.

    BTW if ‘neoprimitivism’ is akin to the ‘contemporary ancestors’ belief, it was called out as ugly years ago. I’m on a time crunch but this is one I need to look up when I am not pressed for time.

    • Becky says:

      Huh? – I have to re-read it again but it is totally bizarre! The author’s one description of neoprimitivism immediately reminded me of the Amish! True! I will also have to do more research. The “Ottawa Citizen?” LOL!

      • Becky says:

        P.S. No offense, Barry in Winnipeg! I just don’t know how Smart came across an article in the “Ottawa Citizen!” And an off-the-wall article at that! 😛

  9. Frank Lee says:

    Don’t ya love those gated community activists and cocktail party liberals?

    • Becky says:

      Oh, Frank, please don’t get me started on Smart! Did you see this one where all of a sudden the spoiled, white frat brat who has worked for a racist paper for years gets worried his opinion doesn’t matter as much anymore and he has a panic attack? 😛 😛

      Now look at that kid’s sign again.
      “My opinion matters LESS than” traditionally marginalized minorities.
      No, dude. Your opinion doesn’t matter less.
      The whole point of the exercise is that everyone’s opinion matters equally.


  10. Frank Lee says:

    Always Lancaster

    • Becky says:

      Smart’s piece is so absurd and obnoxious on so many levels, I don’t know where to begin and I have more important things to write about. But he is hung-up on porn (that’s a subject for another day 😛 ) and he ends his crap with this:

      Add to this the demands of family and jobs, and it’s no mystery why people haven’t taken to the street to protest inequality.

      The mystery is how anyone could find the time, or the inclination, to do so in the first place.

      Did the “investigative reporter” sitting in his literal ivory tower miss Ferguson somehow?

  11. Becky says:

    Compare this to the horrible piece of trash written by Gil Smart and published in yesterday’s Sunday News:

    Fifty shades of inequality, and we’re too titillated to protest