January 16, 2005
Matthew Yglesias sez let’s have news-blog-streams, not fugly articles:
If Dexter Filkins just blogged his reporting from Iraq rather than writing NY Times articles, I think things would be much improved. As things stand, he’s forced on a daily basis to shoehorn 24 hours worth of content into a quasi-narrative newspaper format whether or not the development warrant it. The actual events in Iraq are better suited to being written about as a series of short, free-standing blurbs. Blog posts, in other words. The strength of Filkins’ reporting is that Filkins is a strong reporter, and that the Times backs his work up with the Times’s resources. That he’s a newspaper writer is merely incidental.
And we know Martin Nisenholtz, CEO of NYT Digital, does too:
But imagine taking a world like Ultima Online — designed for massive numbers of videogame players — and apply it to the real world, where the players are reporting from all corners of the planet. This is a vibrant, interactive real-time view of the world.
Users in this context can zoom into the ongoing storyline taking place in dozens or even hundreds of locations. In this context, there is not a simply John Burns reporter in Bahgdad. There is a kind of ongoing John Burns channel that brings with it a continuous record. […]
So can we make this happen already?
The problem is the NYT is stuck selling that stupid paper. They need to jettison that mess and digital digital get down. Just my $0.02, guys.