“Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.”
A truck was parked nearby — its snaking hose, clear markings and destination of said hose made it obvious what this carrier dealt in.
After all, this is a newspaper, and ink is needed, to put it simply.
Back to the quote.
The legitimacy of its warning is perhaps in jeopardy in this day and age, where pixels and words can be scaled infinitely — for pennies, and by the masses — on computers and the Internet.
But one could also argue the core of this quote still rings true: just like in Twain’s age, traditional media is at the top of the communication power spectrum. (YouTube and Twitter are, however, up there, too, every now and then.)
And plus, I hope you think of the Globe as a vital community resource and not something to be feared.
The Globe may buy its ink by the truckload, but it doesn’t pick fights.
Ink is needed. Paper is ordered. Presses are prepared. Carriers wake up early.
A lot of people are behind someone’s byline.
As for that ink truck? The driver told me a company in Pennsylvania goes through four truckloads of ink a week. They make phone books.
Veasey Conway is the night editor at the Daily Globe. If you have questions about photography or visual media, or have story ideas, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @veaseyc.