The North American Innovation Crash of 1993

The Ombudsman of the Washington Post has this to say about “innovation”: “I’m wondering, and readers are too, whether there’s just a bit too much innovation, too fast.” Aren’t we all always wondering that? Isn’t that what Facebook and Twitter feeds devolve into every month? There’s always something new that is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Andy Rooney made a pretty great living off just that sentiment for, I don’t know, thirty years? But not even Andy Rooney was against innovation for innovation’s sake (well, maybe sometimes — but only because there was a paycheck in it for him) and I don’t think that Pexton is, either.

What Pexton is arguing against isn’t exactly “too much innovation”: what he labels innovations are really just adjustments to form that the Post is making to reach the audience it once had without really even thinking about form. You got your news from a newspaper, and the Post was a newspaper. But now people get their news from all over, and so the Post is trying to get itself into many of those places. So, great. But he’s right, too — they don’t seem to have given much thought to what these new forms should do, only what they can do.

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A New Target

Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post has trashed the movie version of The Road. And the fault lies with – the book’s author?? Yes, read below:

Even with the momentary visual relief of flashbacks to an earlier happier life (featuring a lambent Charlize Theron), “The Road” finally resembles little more than a highfalutin’ zombie movie with literary pretensions. Director John Hillcoat (“The Proposition”) deserves no blame for this; he has delivered a handsome, respectful production that will surely please fans of the book. The problem is McCarthy and his gothic, self-serious sense of melodrama. At its best, “The Road” offers a profound portrait of parental devotion and a child’s instinctive love of mercy and justice and gratitude, but McCarthy’s fatal sense of cruelty and hyperbole make the trip a bummer.

Wow. She also praises the actors-the whole review HERE. Let me get this straight-it’s okay that this film crew, lead by director John Hillcoat, made a movie, they gave it valiant try, but they were hoodwinked by the material. They didn’t know it was such a cruel book. (By the way, did anyone tell Ann Hornaday this film was set after a nuclear holocaust? It’s a shame the set designers failed in their attemtps to make the United States look that way.) ‘McCarthy’s fatal sense of cruelty?’ she says. Don’t many senses of cruelty end in death?

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