Digital Botox

It’s a facelift for the Oklahoman, and editor Kelly Dyer Fry makes the pitch:

I hope you have noticed a difference in our style over the last several weeks. We know you are inundated with news throughout your day, so we are working hard to bring you new perspectives each morning. We want to focus on what matters to you, your family, your job and your community.

We are focusing on stories that have an impact. We want to bring you articles that help you understand, help you make sense of the world around you, and help bring you closer to the scene.

And by “you” I presume they don’t mean me, since I make a point of not being inundated by news, or even by “news.”

Which is why I was a fan of afternoon papers for so long: it’s much easier for me to give my attention to the product while sleepwalking my way through dinner. But that’s not going to happen ever again: news providers reason, probably correctly, that what with constant online updates, afternoon papers are deader than pocket squares.

And this bothers me:

We want to bring you stories with heart, stories with soul.

Screw that. I want to see some stories with brains. At least they’re occasionally importing some good stuff from the Tulsa World.







3 comments

  1. Tom »

    1 July 2013 · 5:35 am

    To upend an old phrase, it’s the steak, not the sizzle.

    I miss the old days when news stories contained information, when local TV news stories didn’t have a lead-in by the anchor who flipped to a field reporter who introduced a piece of tape. Just RUN THE TAPE. I miss journalists who wanted to correctly report the facts, not influence public opinion or change foreign policy.

    The information is still big. It’s the media that got small.

  2. McGehee »

    1 July 2013 · 9:26 am

    And this bothers me:

    We want to bring you stories with heart, stories with soul.

    Screw that. I want to see some stories with brains.

    I’ve long since given up on being brought stories with, you know, facts…

  3. Dick Stanley »

    2 July 2013 · 3:05 am

    “Stories with heart, stories with soul” as long as they fit the political narrative. Could be worse. Austin’s Democrat daily now has these words at the top of the front page: “Real Austin, Real News.” Which you know on sight is a lie.

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