Friday, October 10, 2008

Curses

You know, if I were the editor of a major newspaper like the Los Angeles Times and one of my sportswriters came to me with a column idea about a new "curse," I'd probably bust him down to the mail room for a week. It's not insightful. It's not original. It's blather designed to fill column inches because the writer has nothing else to say.

Newspapers are dying for a lot of reasons, but one of the reasons no one mentions is that papers start by having a set space to fill and search for content to fill it as opposed to first finding content worth publishing and then searching for space to run it.

2 comments:

mooseinohio said...

I like how he conveniently doesn't mention the name change from the California Angels (btw -how I often still refer to them) which I suspect was made for 'business reasons'. So his argument is faulty as the name change did not curse the Anaheim Angels from winning the WS but why should we base decisions/story lines on sound reasoning or rationale/logical thinking based on fact and not conjecture.

Chester Voltaire said...

Newspapers are dying for a lot of reasons, but one of the reasons no one mentions is that papers start by having a set space to fill and search for content to fill it as opposed to first finding content worth publishing and then searching for space to run it.

This may be the most incisive point I've ever read regarding the old media-new media brouhaha.