Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sum Loss

News Note: Yahoo pays $30M for app that makes news into Cliff Notes. 
More from the Shallow End

“Many this week celebrated the latest tech wunderkind, a British teenager who made a fortune selling an app that boils down news reports, no matter how important or complex, into a pithy 400 characters. But for some of those who prefer heartier servings of news, the development carried at least a whiff of the apocalypse.”. . .

“‘They’re just making it easier to take readers away, grumbled veteran newspaper company analyst John Morton. Even in the digital world, it is taking work away from humans.’” 

—Craig Timberg, News app Summly’s blockbuster sale to Yahoo shows how the smartphone rules,” The Washington Post, March 27, 2013
(Thanks to alert (human) WORDster Tom Ferrell) 

• Editorial Comment: The old joke used to refer to the “700-word in-depth USA Today feature.” Now it’s the 140-character opus and Summly’s 400-character tome.

Yesterday’s WORD: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from media critic Nicholas Carr, who fear that the Internet is making us all shallow idiots? Click here.

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1 comment:

  1. Reminds me of a line spoken by Woody Allen in one of his movies: "I took a speed reading course. Then I read War and Peace in half an hour. It's about Russia."

    Karl M. Petruso