Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tired of MSM

MSM journalism approach is getting on my nerves. I understand their need to sell their media channel but in order not to become yellow paper press there are some lines not to be crossed. Sadly even the most serious media channels sin with publishing rumors, empty speculations and shamelessly invading people private lives. This the main reason that I'm not reading printed press for over 4 years.
I don't believe that those editions worth my money.

Instead I've been reading news online. One particular site that I've been reading for the last 4 years is (Russian). It attracted me with it's seriousness and spartan design. No useless graphics, needless pictures, and few commercials at that time. Simple, easy to navigate and fast. Unfortunately even they are starting to fail. Over the years they added lots of adds that make the site look like Christmas tree which drive your attention away from the news and triple the site's load time. Meanwhile the content is degrading as well. The last thing that got on my nerves was an article with a flashy headline:
Israelis have sluiced mud over Sharon Stone
It was about Ms Stone visiting Dead Sea mud baths therapy.

They expect me to take them seriously next time? Think again!


Yury Puzis said...

I also used to read, but not so often any more.

Irina Tsukerman said...

What's wrong with useless pictures? ; )

To be fair, many sites put advertising on their sites to help cover the costs of running the site.

Woland said...

YP: We all know that you read Debka. :)

Irina: These pictures make the site to load slower, cost them traffic and drives the reader's attention away from the subject.
I have nothing against adds, I tried them myself. It's all about knowing the right measure.

Some thing I didn't mention - the use of Flash. Flash should be used only when nothing else can.