This past nine days I stepped away from the media-saturated rat-race, and took nine days with my girlfriend in Bermuda, staying with family.
No school. No assignments. There were beaches. And reading for fun. And most importantly, for this post, NO NEWS.
I had to take my laptop and walk to the top of a hill to get wireless. I’d stick mainly to emails (staying roughly up to date through quickly peaked at emailed news updates), because who wants to be on the computer when it is 70 degrees, sunny, with nary a cloud in the sky?
Not me. (Well, sometimes me. I love wasting time online!)
So I got home two hours ago. Not a whole load of detail in my head on what has been going on in the world (we had TV, but I just refuse to watch CNN nightly news shows). One quick scan, and I’m fairly up-to-date. New York Times first, Boston.com second, Slate for some commentary, (diversions to Stuff.co.nz for news from home, and NBA.com to check in on the Celtics) and then onto Miami Herald, because… I have to.
I’m here to flog a dead horse, or two, because here’s the thing: the USA HAS ENGAGED IN A MILITARY CONFLICT WITH LIBYA. This is big stuff! And it if the Miami Herald was my only source of news on the internet, I’d have next to no idea.
We have all manner of Floridian updates, but isn’t this supremely relevant news, to everyone nationwide, with a mass of local, and national angles to explore, side-by-side?
The site I hold next to Miami Herald as the standard is Boston.com. Both serve similar sized metropolitan areas, putting local news considerations alongside harder news obligations.
Boston.com leaves a lot to be desired design wise, but case in point for why it is the better website – I go there for local news, and usually end up clicking on a few well placed AP stories. Right of screen: LIBYA, with a local tie-in to Scott Brown’s stance. Left of screen: the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Underneath the pictured spread of Patriot’s cheerleader try-outs was a Japan story as well…
It just continues to baffle me on every level. At the Miami Herald website, I have to scroll through three screens to get to detailed Libya coverage. Seemingly, this would be a waste of a website space, no? I rarely scroll through three screens on any site.
When did the formerly venerable Miami Herald give up on news from outside of the Florida border?