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New SI - Santana

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Guy_Incognito, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    About 6 months after I let it lapse, I just renewed & last week's NASCAR extravaganza made me wonder why - not a single thing in there I would have even clicked on to read for free.

    This week's came today. And it's not looking great yet. I read Selena Roberts in the back, and I'll take your word for it that she was good at the Times - I rarely read her there. The column on Clemens & Lance Armstrong had a perfectly fine point, but was terrible to read. Clumsy, heavy handed, trying to hard (there was one nice image - the raindrops) etc. I won't be surprised if the firejoemorgan is the best thing I read, and I don't generally read that for free. Anyone want to buy 50/52 of a subscription?

    Am I being too pessimistic? Eventually, after reading about them here I was able to get the Joba piece & the Majerus one too on line. I'm not interested in them sending me soft core porn in my magazine, but even if I was, they put that on the site too. What on earth am I paying for?
  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Guy's soulmate:

  3. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    Never been a fan of S.I.
  4. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Well-Known Member

    I was thinking about getting a subscription. Then I read this post and remembered why I let it lapse.
  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    As long as I'm breathing, I'll get SI. They could run box scores on every page and I'd still thumb through it out of habit.

    In the mag's defense, the pigeon racing story a few weeks back is one reason to stick with it, that was a completely offbeat take on something fresh. But as a strike against...those stories are far too rare.
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Cover jinx!!!!
  7. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    I haven't read the dunking story yet, but I thought it looked very interesting. I like Ballard's work.
  8. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Another odd column by Selena. Hard to understand what's going on there.
  9. Sandman

    Sandman Member

    It's fantastic. Great use of first-person in the lede -- gets his point across without making it all about him.

  10. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear it - I'm looking forward.
  11. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    I like the way that piece starts, too. But when I scrolled down and saw "1 of 6", I couldn't go on. To me, the idea of clicking five times to get through the whole thing is more off-putting than having it run in one long scroll.

    I'm not even in the coveted 18-34 demographic, but I seem to have their short attention span when it comes to a piece being run across too many pages. And, while this isn't the reason I object (mostly, I object because it's tedious and a time commitment to plow through six), it seems like a bogus way to get more "clicks" in some absolute sense.

    Guess I should opt for the "printable version," if that's an option.
  12. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Of course, I just realized that I was griping about the Web treatment of the story, while this thread is about the print magazine. Sorry.
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