Sunday, April 25, 2004

The Shape of Things to Come

Why do I have the impression that the new "Appeal" sections of the Commercial Appeal are clear avatars of the look of the paper to come? And why do I despair?

The motto at the top? It's all about you. I'm sure very few businessmen have gone broke by catering to endless self-interested narcissism, but I don't think newspapers ought to be built on it.

The Central City Appeal is seven pages of pictures and puff pieces (including self-written puff pieces), then three pages of classifieds. Oy! The closest thing to "news" is a story on computers at the Lewis Senior Center.

Look upon these works ye peasantry and despair....

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