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15 Juni 2012 @ 15:54
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The thing about online news stories is that they, and their headlines, get updated as new information comes in. I'm not sure there's ever any definitive version anymore—I guess the print version is the version of record, but it seems as if the print versions nowadays are often written on the assumption that everyone's already read the basic story online already, and so they just highlight whatever the most recent development is as of press time.

The frustrating thing about this is that when I see a funny or ambiguous headline online and I want to tell you about it, sometimes it's changed by the time you get there. Oh, and also our culture is bereft of any definitive day-to-day record of those events that alter and illuminate our times, but what can you do, eh?

Anyway, at some point in the recent past you could read these headlines in the online version of the Toronto Star:

  1. Nixon’s vice was ‘far worse than we thought,’ write Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

    Shocking new revelations about Spiro Agnew?

  2. 9-year-old blogger gagged after posting unappetizing school lunch photos

    Seriously unappetizing. You'd gag, too.

harkalark: hapfunnyharkalark on 15. Juni, 2012 18:59 (UTC)
I remember some of my school lunches making me gag back then, too.
Merlemerle_ on 17. Juni, 2012 01:16 (UTC)
and also our culture is bereft of any definitive day-to-day record of those events that alter and illuminate our times

Exactly. While revisionist history is hardly a new idea, the speed at which it can be accomplished these days is daunting.
Troy StiltnerTroy Stiltner on 20. Juni, 2012 03:08 (UTC)

Language Log calls these "crash blossoms."
Vizcachachillyrodent on 28. Juni, 2012 22:06 (UTC)
Thanks for posting this piece on Watergate. I was fascinated with it as a child (although by 1974 I was more concerned with getting breasts). I can't say I ever understood it; maybe I still don't, but this is better.

Things strike me about differences. That the press would defy the President and report ugly bits. That Nixon's crimes (and their revelation) would be so egregious that the Republican party would oust its own president. I think of those times are being more innocent, but maybe that was just me.
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