Tuesday, March 18, 2008

NYT and the Internets

Annoying and amusing, the New York Times still suffers from an inconsistent web presentation with articles that are (most likely) automatically moved from the newspaper's paper channel. Here is an article that has an example, shown in the image below.

The Northwest link is to Marketwatch.com, but it is so inconsistent to have only one airline with a link (to the airline? to NYT stories about the airline? no). Items in a list should be the same type, and they are here, but they are not treated the same and it is a jarring read and inconsistent use of the power of connectivity. If they can link one, why not the others? (To be fair Continental is linked earlier in the article, but still.) To be more fair, their bloggers do a much better job with links.

Update 4/4/08: Aha! I am not the only one to feel this way. Jack Shafer at Slate does too.