“We feel strongly that traditional media have given up on young people, and have not made a commitment to tell stories that are interesting for people under 40 or 50 years old,” said Steinberg.
Oh, they’ve given up on telling stories that are interesting for everybody, so let’s not act like it’s just the kids today that are getting shafted. I’m poking 40 with a short stick and have no desire to read articles shaming Miley Cyrus for doing whatever it is she’s doing right now, wire travel stories, crime reporting that reads like somebody typed up the morgue sheet, or page after page of comments from the neighborhood cat lady who thinks we all need to return to Jesus.
Syndicated political columnists have no business being in a newspaper in this goddamn century, either. And if I’ve stopped throwing things every time a car accident gets reported as if it’s the Second Coming, it’s only because breaking the TV won’t actually solve the problem at hand. Shouldn’t Ron Burgundy have put paid to most of the cop jargon and ACTION NEWS NOW WITH SUPER DOPPLER WEATHER STORM WATCH TEAM 12 crap that takes up space?
They’ve given up on being interesting, period, and no, it’s not enough to cite in response a story or two that got done that was good. The thing most people are having a hard time wrapping their brains around is being extraordinary and interesting every goddamn minute. Not just for the Sunday edition, not just for a Very Special Report. You have to be good all the time because so many other people out there are good, and we have a limited amount of time on this planet. We aren’t going to spend it putting up with mediocrity.