Friday, January 9, 2015

Daily Special - making a meal of it.

Analogies are interesting, Americas founders thought the United States should be similar to the Roman Empire. Author Michael Crichton in State of Fear thought the move from horse and buggy to the automobile was how we needed to be motivated before moving from fossil fuel to sustainable/renewable energy. He also compares photography to fossils, citing how they tell only part of the story, captures just a moment not the whole event.

This started me started thinking how newspapers are like restaurants. The chef is the executive editor, the tables are advertisers and customers are the readers. The kitchen is editorial and a meal is created by journalists. More tables means more dollars.

Headlines and photos are used to pull readers into buying the paper and reading the stories. So the drinks are like the headlines and the bread is the photo. But the main dish is the written story. Words.

Full course dinner comes with a fine wine, good bread and main dish. Takes time to eat, but you are full and satisfied when you finish. Like reading a good story in the newspaper.

I realize how bread alone doesn't fill you up, it helps clean the palate and better enjoy the whole meal. And that is how photos are used in newspapers. To learn all the facts you need to read the story.

But with the Internet is changing the way we feed ourselves, communicating is changing, it's more like the grocery store. The Internet offers lots of data, like produce in the grocery store, but also has a delicatessen, bakery, frozen dinners, etc. Like websites!? Food is info.

I see family run restaurants falling to the chains, just like newspapers being bought out. Losing the regional feel.

Larry McMurtry in Texasville has residents in the small Texas town meet at the Dairy Queen to exchange ideas and share gossip. Not the best meal, but quick and easy. Like the Internet, or free pub?

Following the food analogy, I see video as a sandwich. A meal, but gone before you know it. Information pack between the bread, visual and audio. Fewer words needed, but filling.

Not a full meal.