American Zombie Wins The Ashley Morris Award!

Aug 22, 2009 by

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that This year’s Ashley Morris Award for Excellence in Blogging has been awarded to Ashe Dambala, the anonymous blogger known as American Zombie. Jacques Morial was kind enough to accept on his behalf since the Zombie’s true identity is unknown.

I’ve included the text of the acceptance speech below the video.

I am deeply honored to be recognized by all of you…and even more honored to receive an award named after Ashley Morris. He was truly one of kind, and while I only got to know him in the last couple years of his life, he was one of those individuals who leaves a lasting impression..

I, like many of you, started blogging in the wake of Katrina. It has proven to be a multi-faceted experience for me….therapeutic, cathartic, rewarding, anxietal, obsessive, and even threatening.

What I would like to tell the people in this room is that you are all special. You all share a collective love for this city and are using your blogs and activism to shape a better vision of New Orleans. While we all may not agree on everything, we all….most certainly…..care. We care enough to pay attention….and that means everything to the health of a community.

We all know that traditional mainstream media resources are facing some serious challenges with the advent of the internet and quite often blogs are portrayed as the nemesis to quality journalism. I don’t believe this is true. Blogs are just another tool for the 4th estate to perform it’s job. In a way, I think the internet is the ultimate evolution of the 4th estate. All of you…particularly you….New Orleans bloggers…have proven that in the years following Katrina. Nowhere have bloggers made such an impact as they have here in New Olreans in the aftermath of Katrina.

And for that matter, I think the MSM, investigative journalists in this city are head and shoulders above the national pack. I am personally not worried for their future as some….as I have faith that quality and integrity is always in demand regardless of the medium or technology used to relay the message. I hope our blogs continue to serve them in the future. After all…we’re on the same team.

Although, I must say….it would be nice if we could figure out a way to get paid too. It would definitely help me justify the amount of time I spend blogging to my wife….and believe me I need all the help I can get there.

Regardless, I will continue to do my best for this city…because I care. I know all of you do as well and I know how privileged I am to be a part of this community. Once again, thank you so much.

Sinn Fein and Ashe’

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