I search the news sites each morning for stories that might interest members of the drinks association.
It invariably leaves me with the skewed view that the world has morphed into a pretty weird and horrifying place.
Yesterday was a total corker.
Here were some of the headlines on smh.com.au …
>> Funeral ‘interrupted by Pokemon Go players’
>> Do your friends actually like you?
>> The Bachelor star opens up about paedophile dad
>> Bride walked down the aisle by man who received her dad’s heart
>> How to wear overalls as an adult
>> Boy decapitated on world’s tallest water slide
>> ‘Smirking’ Spiderbait fan urinates on woman at Melbourne concert
>> Family of five die in murder-suicide after youngest gets heart transplant
>> Man in bra, heels caught in lewd act, defecating in Midvale car park
Far. Out. Yes. Really.
All those stories were on the SMH homepage … not news.com.au or daily mail.
While it’s tempting to moan and wail about how outrageous it is that the SMH runs all that stuff on its homepage, it’s not really the newspaper’s fault. The SMH is just chasing clicks to survive.
As Stuff Journalists Like noted earlier this year …
The only way is down.
And I can’t help wondering if it will ever go back up again.
Mind you, I’m no better than all the other “readers” – I don’t pay for news content.
What would it take for you to pay?
I think I’d need some sort of intuitive newsfeed that searched the globe for the content that interests me and served it up on a daily basis. But how does that translate to paying for the services of all those journalists working for all those different publications?
I have no idea.
The only thing I know is there’s no way I’d let my daughters become journalists in the current climate.
That way madness lies.
Speaking of madness, the irony of yesterday was that the biggest news story of the day ended up being #censusfail
#censusfail was completely ridiculous and terribly serious at the same time.
Census 2016 was supposed to be a triumph of technology, collecting our information online rather than via clunky written responses.
It crashed spectacularly.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is blaming hackers.
This image captures the moment perfectly …
Song of the day: Cold Chisel “Ita”