The sad state of the Guardian December 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Five sad stories

These are the top five stories on the Guardian website at the moment. Three about two young people who seem to have done something quite a few young people are reasonably adept at, one speculated about the future of a football manager, and one a story about a unicorn. The Guardian was a serious paper once but goodness me if any evidence was needed that that is no longer true, surely this is it. The Guardian website has become a mediocre media hub, less good at everything than the specialist press (for music, go to Pitchfork; for technology, go to Ars Technica; and so on), and with a nugatory amount of news. Instead we have endless live blogs where the reader has to try to pick the facts out of a morass of breathless but mostly inconsequential reporting. It’s sad to see a once great newspaper — a paper I bought most days for more than half my life — turn into this.

4 Responses to “The sad state of the Guardian”

  1. That seems a bit harsh – “most viewed” is not the same as the main stories given prime position on the front page (which, as now, are: “Osborne plans more cuts to fund £5bn spending”, “Johnson calls for EU referendum”, “Editors attend Leveson summit” and “Bad Sex Award 2012. Who deserves to win”)

  2. Hmmm, I take your point P. On the other hand, the Bad Sex award story takes up as much space as the two serious ones combined, and the Sport/Culture material (I use the term `culture’ loosely) occupies a lot of screen real estate too. If the Guardian aspires to be a serious newspaper, why is the most prominent single story about the Bad Sex Award?

  3. aah, that’s “literary”, hence serious by defintion.

  4. While taking the point about spurious interpretation of “Most Viewed”, the Guardian website is a bit of a morass. I suppose in a world where their only income is from advertising, they have to chase hits and they do this by have the largest quantity of content, updated as frequently as possible about the largest number of topics. This should play on people’s natural laziness and unwillingness to seek out seperate expert sites for everything they are interested in.

    Can you blame them? The alternative is a pay wall!