Why I’m Tired of The Globe and Harvard

Q: How many times can The Boston Globe write about kids from Harvard?

A: Never enough.

In this town, it seems if you’ve gone to Haahvaad, the Globe will find a way to talk about you. The latest: a graduating law student heading to Wall Street (what a surprise). The excuse: He’s creating what sounds like a perfect charity effort, to help disadvantaged kids learn to network. The news peg, such as it is: the student himself is a prime networker, and was, as a child, the victim of the kind of parental abuse that no one should have to experience, though of course, millions do. And he’s gone public with it. And managed to connect with luminaries like Larry Summers (the some-say-disgraced former president of Harvard) along the way.

Call me a cynic. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, and he’ll do just fine in finance. Some people, perhaps most people, wouldn’t even bother to give anything back.

But I’m a little tired of hearing about what I call rich white men, in media owned by rich white men. (Now, they’re not all white, just like they’re not all male.) But the players typically are connected to each other, which includes a cultural DNA connection to those who own the presses, digital or otherwise.

In this burg, amazingly enough, that still means Harvard. The consistency of this coverage is so predictable, it’s a bit of a parody, especially among anyone who pays attention to the media.

But with all the talk – and evidence – about how social media and Al Gore’s Internet are democratizing what we hear, and say, why aren’t we hearing more from the people who don’t have megaphones?

I’m pretty sure Harvard, and its alumni, will do alright without the free PR on page one.