Better current events posts December 13, 2004 12:50 PM   Subscribe

In response to this post about Dick Clark, here are some ways to make better current events posts (more inside).
posted by KirkJobSluder to Etiquette/Policy at 12:50 PM (18 comments total)

1) Contextualize: are there links that show the bigger picture. For example, find an in-depth biography of the key players. What is the history of the institutions affected? Are there social groups or networks around this particular event we should know about?

2) Provide multiple points of view: seek out editorials or reviews you agree with, then seek out editorials or views you disagree with, compare and contrast. What are the mainstream and the alternative press saying about this?

3) Find a novel connection: Is this similar to something else in history? Are there imitators in another culture? Is their a weird coincidence involved, a semiotic link worth following?
posted by KirkJobSluder at 1:03 PM on December 13, 2004



4) Don't do it.
posted by xmutex at 1:04 PM on December 13, 2004

Wow! 5 snarks in 10 minutes!
posted by KirkJobSluder at 1:05 PM on December 13, 2004

I shall now sit up, light a cigarette and utter a sigh soaked in ennui
posted by petebest at 1:06 PM on December 13, 2004

Kirk it is a great suggestion, I hope all who are tempted to post newsfilter read it.
posted by chaz at 1:15 PM on December 13, 2004

No, you're right, Kirk--it was just too tempting...
posted by LairBob at 1:16 PM on December 13, 2004

But, dude, if I don't hurry up and post this Yahoo News story right this second somebody will beat me to it!
posted by briank at 1:16 PM on December 13, 2004

posted by DrJohnEvans at 1:18 PM on December 13, 2004

This formal Post-->snarksnarksnark structure is so played. What say we all just start posting free-floating snarks all over the MeTa front page. People can just kind of insert their actual issues inside wherever the mood strikes, or not at all, doesn't really matter.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:21 PM on December 13, 2004

I think the adage to remember is, "You can't polish a turd."
posted by naxosaxur at 1:26 PM on December 13, 2004

Thanks chaz. I do think that this is something about which there has got to be good commentary on the web. I just realized that Clark has been doing this for every New Year I've been alive (and probably has had Barry Manilow on for at least half of them.)

My favorite posts are the ones that provide multiple angles on something of interest. There is an interesting subject here, but a link to an AP blurb on yahoo just doesn't really get at it. We are talking about a person who used to be the face of American popular music on television but has transformed over the years into an unintentional parody of boomer narcisism.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 1:31 PM on December 13, 2004

And yet, other people criticize for overlinking an FPP.

You just can't please everybody.
posted by Doohickie at 1:51 PM on December 13, 2004

And don't try to please everyone. Excellent suggestions Kirk.
posted by Captaintripps at 2:00 PM on December 13, 2004

I don't get it. This is a MeTa thread, but it's useful and has reasonable, well-thought out suggestions for making metafilter a better place. WTF??

People seem to attach some kind of self-assigned kudos to posting newsfilter first, not seeming to realise they are reducing any cred they had.
posted by cosmonik at 2:19 PM on December 13, 2004

Kirk: I think those are all good, perhaps common-sense, hints to think about before getting all newfiltery. For instance...I heard a pretty interesting story on NPR yesterday about Afghan and Iraqi refuges on the remote island of, I wouldn't post a link to some article about that specific news event...but it got me thinking to research Nauru more...and maybe i'd find something best-of-the-web about it.

But that's just me.

This formal Post-->snarksnarksnark structure is so played.

It's like when a baby is born. If the baby is ugly, the first thing that slips from your mouth is something about the ugliness of the baby. Or something.
posted by tpl1212 at 4:15 PM on December 13, 2004


Nice one, Kirk. I heartily agree. As one who has perused these pages for years, I am saddened to see the rapid infux of sub-par posting talent. NooB's be damned (ahem). Take heed all who enter here.
posted by mds35 at 6:02 PM on December 13, 2004

infux -> influx

(sigmundian slip?)
posted by mds35 at 6:03 PM on December 13, 2004

Blow me!
posted by Witty at 11:07 PM on December 13, 2004

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