He looks at a world characterized by information abundance and mass access to the tools of publishing and sees an increasing need for publishers to race ahead, to do anything to “win” audience. But what happens when you’re wrong? How many times can you win an audience that way before you lose them for good? How many people don’t trust RadarOnline.com now because of the Chief Justice Roberts story? I’d argue that the site’s temporary traffic win has turned into a long-term loss.
But perhaps the strangest formulation in this bit of contrarian linkbait is that old-world editors “care far more about being accurate than they do being useful.”
His declaration that these two values exist in opposition is enough to make you question the quality of his insights.
Correction of the Week
“An entry on the Contributors page last Sunday for Anjelica Huston, who discussed her recherché pick in perfumes, included an incorrect reference by Ms. Huston to one of her four beauty icons. While Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn are no longer living, as Ms. Huston noted, the other icon she cited as being deceased is not. Sophia Loren — and her beauty — live on.” The New York Times