TAKEAWAY The term dinosaur acquires a different meaning when applied to newspapers—but some websites qualify for the description, too.
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Ok, so it must be the term du jour: dinosaur.
I have heard it mentioned at least three times in the past week alone, in three different countries. Two times in a newsroom setting, once by a non media acquaintance referring to his local newspaper.
We all have seen the movies Jurassic Park and A Night at the Museum, so we do know what dinosaurs are, how they move gingerly but are focused on their prey, giants that manage to delight and scare.
The latest reference to a dinosaur—this time in writing—was via The Guardian.
Here is a highlight:
British journalists have a bit of a habit of sneering at our American counterparts. Between the seemingly endless news stories, the Habit Of Capitalising Everything, and especially the headlines – “Letter Raises Questions About When BBC Ex-Chief Learned of Abuse Cases” a recent standout – lots of American journalism, on the face of it, can seem a bit quaint.
With the onslaught of the digital era continuing apace, that quaintness starts to look dangerous: in an age of short attention spans, SEO headlines and upstart online-only rivals, the US’s major papers look like dinosaurs.
The full article:
Washington Post appears to be a dinosaur – but has already evolved
Its core, influential – and paying – print audience in the US capital is backed up by a forward-thinking online presence
What is interesting—if not disturbing—is the fact that the term dinosaur is usually attached to a printed newspaper, not to any of the other platforms.
Yet, there are some online editions out there that qualify for the term. And not very far into 2013 we will probably be able to apply the term to tablet editions. Gasp! Yes, that’s how quickly one turns into a dinosaur in today’s media environment.
A dinosaur online edition is a website that is cluttered, lacking in navigational intelligence and where every little section represented in the site has a navigator button leading you to it. In fact, in a http://www.garciainteractive.com/the-clutter-problem-on-news-websites
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