Does the New York Times Understand Blogs?
Yesterday, Byron Calame, the public editor at the New York Times, celebrated the many new blogs of the NYT:
Blogging has made its way to The New York Times. Across the paper’s Web site, blogs run by assigned staffers are posting opinions and information they consider insightful on topics such as dining, wine, real estate and the financial world. And The Times has “a bunch on the drawing boards,” Jonathan Landman, the deputy managing editor, told me Tuesday.
Where are the blogs? It is nearly impossible to find the blogs on the NYT website.
Apparently, as Ann Althouse points out, the New York Times has a blog by law and literature scholar Stanley Fish. But the blog is part of Times Select, which is fee-based content. A blog you have to pay for? Huh?
Another “blog” is Andrew Ross Sorkin’s DealBook. It’s free, but it seems to consist mainly of short abstracts of news stories. Is it really a blog?
But where are the rest the blogs? Where do you find them? It seems as though the NYT is only begrudgingly embracing blogs in a rather awkward way, rather than proudly featuring them on its website. I hope that the NYT will learn more in the future.
And is it just me, or does the new NYT website design demand super-human peripheral vision? I can barely look at it without getting dizzy.