Monday, June 6, 2016
black and white newspaper
How grey and gloomy the paper appeared. How dull-dull-dull. And yet what a shift of mind, from a time when the worded content was king and the photos were just ride-alongs. Now my mind, like so many others perhaps, is drawn to and ensorcelled by the colors and the words ... well, the words have lost their regal status.
And the stories as written are more polite little je-ne-sais-quoi's and less the hard-hitting, fact-pacted hammers of information. "One picture worth ten thousand words," the Chinese used to say. But which 10,000 and what they say seems to have fallen into disarray. The 24-hour news cycle has meant that news becomes more and more the old joke about repeating "banana" over and over again. What reason (or funding) is there for digging deep into the essence of a banana when you have pretty pictures to divert the eye and mind?
Oh well ... just some old-fart grousing.