Monday, July 11, 2005

Three views of context in news

An interesting exchange of email with a friend led to a brief comparative look at how the contextual roots of the Valerie Plame/Karl Rove/Robert No(thingbadcanhappentome)Vak are organized by various media:

The New York Times: The newspaper of record offers zero contextualization, zero supporting data, zero links to prior articles (they're for sale at exorbitant rates if you can find them). Consider yourself fortunate if you don't get the mega-interstitial ad with the "skip ad" link that doesn't work.

The Wall St. Journal: Some context, no eye-gouging ad, but you need to subscribe.

Wikipedia. Free, no ads, rich context building on itself.


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