Local blogger Amy Alkon appearing tonight on Nightline
click here to watch the news clip
You know the type – the females often wear Uggs, or the males who wear those Bluetooth headsets even when both hands are free and they’re not driving. But what makes them impossible to ignore is that they talk at an above average volume in public, usually at some local coffee house while you’re trying to concentrate on writing.
Tonight on Nightline, blogger Amy Alkon will likely be defending herself – not from being one of the cell phone talkers, but for outing one on her Advice Goddess blog. The story made its way to the Wall Street Journal last week:
Last month, Eva Burgess was eating breakfast at the Rose Cafe in Venice, Calif., when she remembered she needed to make an appointment with her eye doctor. So the New York theater director got on her cellphone and booked a date.
Almost immediately, she started receiving “weird and creepy” calls directing her to a blog. There, under the posting “Eva Burgess Is Getting Glasses!” her name, cellphone number and other details mentioned in her call to the doctor’s office were posted, along with the admonition, “next time, you might take your business outside.” The offended blogger had been sitting next to Ms. Burgess in the cafe.
For unknown reasons, the WSJ fails to identify Amy Alkon as the offended blogger. Just as well – the incident appears in the potentially libelously titled piece “The Snoop Next Door” – Amy wasn’t making efforts to listen in on the chat, she just couldn’t avoid it.
I wonder if Nightline’s angle will be on whether or not Amy’s actions were irresponsible? Or whether or not the whole thing should be used as a cautionary tale warning people to be careful what they talk about in public?
While I think both are the truly worthy talking points, I have to admit what I really hope happens is that those discourteous Ugg wearin’, Bluetooth headset sportin’, obnoxious cel phone talkin’ people will realize they piss a lot of us.
…h/t Cathy Seipp…
UPDATE (1/20/07, 11:07am): After the broadcast, Amy writes that she was hit with a volley of both fan and hate mail.