For better or worse, one rectangular box launched a revolution


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  • Z South Jordan, UT
    May 7, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    @George, it depends on what you mean by 'lost'. John Henry won the competition with the machine, but the effort broke his heart.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 6, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    The greatest benefit to the public is that they can cross-check the facts of any news story to see whether the writer or the publication "slanted" things and whether that "slant" misrepresented the facts. Every sports writer knows that everyone attending that sporting event can be (and often is) a critic. That keeps the hyperbole to a minimum and the facts to a maximum.

    In "straight" news stories, we no longer have to put up with "press release" journalism. We can see for ourselves the events as they happen and we can read for ourselves what was actually said, not just what was reported.

    Granted, no reporter can write the full story. There's never time or space available. But, now the public is not handicapped as we once were to be spoon fed only the "facts" that the publication wanted us to see.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 6, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    John Henry lost the competition, man verses machine. I feel so far behind the times I'm in my own parallel universe. So I will start wearing my bell bottoms jeans. I think that there still cool and maybe it might become the craze again.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    May 6, 2013 3:53 a.m.

    One quibble with the opening paragraph where the author recounts phrases "that get overplayed more than a Beatles record".

    I am not sure you can overplay a Beatles record.

    Otherwise, great piece. Thank you.