It's no great revelation that the last decade's great technological advancements have conferred upon vast numbers of us a bad case of Internet ADD. I guess we should not have been surprised that, given tremendous and ever growing numbers of choices, that we human beings are choosing to sample them all -- and often not anything very thoroughly. If content were morsels, then we're all fat ladies on the couch with boxes of half-eaten chocolates arrayed before us.
Overall the newspaper experience on the Kindle is, well, sterile. The device is white and the e-ink screen is black on white. A lot of guys will recognize a parallel: Ever see a pile of stories on the floor in a bathroom stall that someone printed from a news Web site and brought to the throne with him? That’s kind of what it’s like to read a newspaper on the Kindle. It’s even close to being that random. First off, there’s no facsimile, even if non-functional, of section fronts, only an index of sections. Secondly, there is no table of contents listing out the day’s offerings. You kind of jump in blind, the “home page” being what someone deemed as the day’s top story. You either can navigate story to story, or jump to another section, where you again have to navigate story by story.
I think the same thing about the massively unenlightened newspaper executives around the country. They have, after all, lined up time, technology and new ideas, and shot them in the head. Now, one by one, they are swallowing the poison -- gutting their staffs and their products -- that makes the death of newspapers almost a fait accompli.