Kinsley: Whistling In The Media Darkness
While somewhat right on the implications for style, Kinsley's basic premise is still a farce. Ultimately, it amounts to little more than re-visiting the broadsheet versus the tabloid debate that belonged more to last decade, than the one we're in now. And he takes no real establishment bias to heart.
Keep on whistling Michael, eventually you may get the right tune. But by then, you'll likely only be performing on the Internet, as opposed to in print much at all. Raise your hands if you ever went to a computer store and told them how desperately you needed one, as your newspaper was just too long. People will still buy them. Some accommodation has to be arranged for the old dog, after all. But making print popular again is beyond any trick any writer can dream up, on line, or off.
One reason seekers of news are abandoning print newspapers for the Internet has nothing directly to do with technology. It’s that newspaper articles are too long. On the Internet, news articles get to the point. Newspaper writing, by contrast, is encrusted with conventions that don’t add to your understanding of the news. Newspaper writers are not to blame. These conventions are traditional, even mandatory.