By Steve Outing
Old-media thinking drives me nuts. Case in point: I just read an article that’ll run in Sunday’s New York Times, “Cubicle Dwellers’ Funniest Home Video.” (Here’s the link to the story, but you’ll need a TimesSelect paid account to read it before Sunday.) The piece talks about all the fun viral videos floating around the Internet, and mentions several specifically.
Now, I respect the NYT Web operation greatly. I’ve been a judge in online journalism competitions many times, and voted for NYTimes.com content and the site as winners multiple times. But I find stuff like this to be so lame.
Yeah, I “understand” the thinking behind not linking off-site. But that’s “so 1990s” thinking. Just link directly to the YouTube or iFilm or whatever page that hosts the video on a story like this. It’s just silly not to offer readers that convenience.