Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Too Cute

The Cat News

“‘That the 21st century New York Times devotes space to cat stories might appear silly, if not pathetic,’ Ehrlich* writes. But it’s neither, he explains. We understand our world, in part, through the art of the story, and cats do us great service as proxies in our struggle to frame the world. Plus they’re cute. Their stories provide reporters, editors and readers relief from life’s toil, which dominates the rest of the paper. Plus they’re cute. Cats reconnect us, however tangentially, to the animal world. Plus they’re cute.”

—Jack Shafer, senior media writer, “Why BuzzFeed’s Exploding Watermelon Won’t Destroy Journalism,” Politico, April 18, 2016 (Thanks to alert WORDster and cat-watcher John Ward)

*Matthew C. Ehrlich, “Taking Animal News Seriously: Cat Tales in the New York Times,” Journalism, 2014.

Editorial Comment: The New York Times had 10 Pulitzer finalists this year. Pretty cute.

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