Brits' Bad Behavior
My old colleague, Jim Ledbetter, did a nice little piece for Slate on how he sees obits after two years in London. He thinks the English versions are just "too frank, too judgmental, too, well ... mean" for American newspapers. (He's right.)
Timothy Noah also opined a few years ago on the infuriating trend of replacing obits with paid death notices. I can't say why Lakeland,Fla. did it, but I vividly remember when it happened at a small paper where I worked years ago -- it was simple, out-and-out greed by a publisher, who asked why a newsroom would write something for free when he could get money from someone who wanted it printed. And suddenly, the funny, quirky, fascinating obits (written by a clerk with no journalism training and the lowest-paid person on staff, btw) vanished.
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