Has the newly revamped WSJ online adopted the Metafilter post and comment process? February 4, 2002 11:30 AM   Subscribe

The newly revamped WSJ Online devotes much more individualized space for each of their columnists, including a detailed "About" biography, a "Personal Comment" space for each columnist, a "Recent Columns" section, a "Readers Response" section and weekly hosted "Online Debates". Said differently, it seems the online articles and commentaries are being treated by these journalists and their readers more like the Metafilterian post and comment process. Was the relaunch in part inspired by this place and others like it, and is this what professional news organizations now aspire to ? Maybe I'm just imagining things.
posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 11:30 AM (6 comments total)

Posted simultaneoulsy to prior Time magazine post (despite 6 minutes time difference) Maybe this would have just been a comment to epersonae's post.
posted by Voyageman at 11:35 AM on February 4, 2002

Careful. According to some turds, the developers of this site deserve to die.
posted by adampsyche at 11:45 AM on February 4, 2002

okay, yeah, whatever.

what strikes me about this stuff is that it feels like it's bringing the journalists and their audiences closer together. because, hey, it's just a weblog, like my weblog, like my friend's weblog - what makes the difference, in my mind, now comes down purely to quality. quality of links, quality of words.

I wonder, too, if it also divorces the columnists from their employer's "brand" - I read Talking Points Memo, w/out looking for him in any particular magazine or whatever. maybe not the best example, but the first one that came to mind.

I got very excitable in my journalism classes in college because I saw the neutral voice that we were being taught as deeply flawed. not that I was particularly drawn to the gonzo style either, but the loss of the "I" bothered me.

what I appreciate about the commentary 'blogs that I like (TPM above, owillis, Virginia Postrel, etc.) is that they don't dwell overly on themselves, but that you feel a real person there, writing about the events of the day that interest them.

the biases are right there, but not overwhelming, and I feel like if I had something to contribute to the conversation, then it's not the one-in-a-trillion shot of writing a letter to Time, but something meaningful.
posted by epersonae at 11:59 AM on February 4, 2002

Sorry to stray off-topic. Need to let that go. Anyhow...

...I like the redesign, which came just in time for my gift subscription to run out, so I can't say how well it works or if I like it. I gotta second epersonae on the merging of journalists with their audiences in a dynamic medium.

There is a columnist at OpinionJournal named John Taranto, and my mom was all rushing to tell me about him, saying "Adam, he has one of those 'blug' things you have...maybe you can do that for a living???" He has something similar, mostly just a running column called Best of the Web Today, but it is nice to see the blog format merging with present media formats.
posted by adampsyche at 12:26 PM on February 4, 2002

I'm surprised it's taking so long for weblogs to directly influence "mainstream" media.

Really, what else is happening besides blogs? Can I be bothered to read a newspaper, or sit thought the news? Fuck, no.
posted by dong_resin at 12:31 PM on February 4, 2002

Er, through the news.

maybe it wouldn't kill me to crack a book once in a while...
posted by dong_resin at 1:08 PM on February 4, 2002

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