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October 27, 2009

I hate the new CNN front page. You used to be able to glance at a "top story" before you took a quick look at the stock market and then scrolled down to browse national and international headlines. Now the colors scream at you and where there used to be informative text, there are pointless pictures.

I hate the glaring black-and-red graphics in giant formats. I hate the absence of actual text. Also? Shut up about your stupid videos. (Television's continuing astonishment at its ability to produce moving pictures is wearing me out.) I don't imagine I'm the only person in the country--or even in the minority--when I say that I don't/can't play videos on my work computer. I need words. Hire a blasted transcriber if you have to.

Also? Yes, a picture can replace a thousand words, but not just any picture. Having a picture, even one that moves is not the same as telling a story, and it's certainly not the same as reporting the news.

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Posted by AnneZook at 01:47 PM


Like "Architecture," moving away from living spaces to become a kind of performance art, I think the web is starting to be dominated by "Designers" instead of by people who care about users, and by marketers who want you to be distracted rather than informed.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at October 27, 2009 05:41 PM


If we work hard enough, we can eventually make the internet a complete impediment to communication. (A not-at-all gratuitous Calvin & Hobbes paraphrase.)


P.S. Also, like "designers" in the clothing industry, whose demand for curve-free models with bodies that don't "interfere" with their "art" have not only spawned two generations of dangerously anorexic models but created an entire "clothing industry" that has nothing to do with what women actually wear.

Posted by: Anne at October 28, 2009 08:27 AM