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