Sunday, November 26, 2006

Hed of the (still-young) morning

Even by the abysmal standards of the question hed, this one reaches for -- and achieves! -- new lows:

Transitioning or unfairly judged?
Clanton Park residents question study that cites a drop in quality of life

One is tempted to answer a resounding "Yes!" Unfortunately, the label hed sort of takes the steam out of that one. Meaning, in part: If you already know the answer, why raise the question? And why staple a pair of grammatical antlers onto the innocent noun "transition" to fulfil your evil purposes?


Blogger Strayhorn said...

Question heds: Threat or menace?

Speaking of rising from the dead, I see the story about how no news orgs ran with the Chicago musician who immolated himself in an anti-war protest is now a story. So a non-story is now a story. Or the story is the story. Anyway, it's on the front of the N&O today and a scan through Google News shows it getting pretty good coverage.

Apparently, the suicide got wide blog coverage so now regular news orgs are going with the story of how it was ignored in the first place.

Ya know, just because it spreads virally doesn't mean it's a front page story. And just because bloggers are in love with something doesn't require the services of a writer and an editor and a publisher and the guys running the printing press and so on.

However, it's a good example of the worst of both worlds - the capricious nature of the internetwebtube and the slavering of certain editors over anything online. Jeeze.

3:14 PM, November 27, 2006  
Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

The "gold standard" of "this or that?" question heds appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times on April 19, 1998, over a story about the recently deceased Pol Pot:

'Good husband' or murderous tyrant?

8:20 AM, November 28, 2006  

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