Easy scoop, bad automation

Newspaper lands easy scoop: Corvette crashes into its office

Funny story, right? Maybe. But what irks me about this is the hotlines in this abcnews.go.com story.

Click one the first one, New Jersey, and you get more news from New Jersey. That’s legitimate, but the other two are bullshit. Not even going to bother writing more about it.

 

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Quick, call the cops! There’s a newspaper in my yard!!!

Post-Star Publisher Robert Forcey was served Monday with seven counts of “throwing refuse on highways and adjacent lands” in connection with delivery of the weekly paper This Week to residents in Queensbury who complained about it.

I haven’t gone so far as to call the local PD to complain, but I have called the offices of several fee weekly newspapers to tell them to stop delivering to my driveway.

Responses have ranged from, “Sure. No Problem,” to “We can’t do that.” Thankfully the latter has since gone out of business.

Some local free newspapers I want to read, others, well, let’s just say that I’m just the middle man between the carrier and the recycle bin.

It doesn’t help that the people who throw these, at least on my street, don’t seem to be aiming anywhere in particular, with newspapers even ending in the middle of the road.

True confession time. For one brief summer in my early teens, I threw the free Fountain Valley (Colo.) Times. Back then I think it may have been the Fountain Valley Advertiser. And, I seem to always hit the koi pond bullseye at one particular house every single week.

Got caught and yelled at once. I’m glad the homeowner never called the cops on me!

What will they do in the future?

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I saw this blurb in a magazine noting the anniversary of the event and the new movie about it. Of course, there’s the obligatory front page image.

What will designers do in the future when they don’t have front pages to draw from? Will they pull from the archive of web page PDFS (that was a joke), or come up with something that is now unimaginable?

One of these days, all of these look back to past front pages are all going to be from the same source (The New York Times, Washington Post, maybe USA Today) for national news, but what happens when there is no historical print record of local events.

I’m glad I won’t be around for that future.

Clark’s look across the Daily Planet

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Don’t know what the official title of this creation is, but I’ve always thought of it as Clark Kent’s view across the office.

Head on over to Nick Veasey’s site for more images.

Nick Veasey is a British photographer working primarily with images created from X-ray imaging. Some of his works are partial photomanipulations with Photoshop. He therefore works with digital artists to realise his creations. — Wikipedia