Thus, although there was talk of this new fall event increasing business in the village, we were encouraged to also learn that it includes other exciting pumpkin contests such as the longest line of carved pumpkins and the launching of pumpkins into the air. Doing so would at least tend to recognize the area’s agricultural underpinning, giving it a sense it was slightly organic in nature.
Not long ago we received an e-mail decrying the new design of the NBC News website. We were asked if we had seen it. We hadn’t but we decided we should perhaps take a peek at it. We were stunned. It had been transformed from a website featuring headlines for the various articles nicely arranged by topic. What we found almost seemed to be a rather random picture book for adults. Each article featured a picture and a headline. Clicking on a headline lead to a synopsis of the article. In order to read the entire article a second click was required. It seemed like way more work than it was worth. It also made us think the news was being reduced to 25 words or less. Plus we were unable to figure out how articles might be grouped by topic.
Perhaps, if we spent some time on it, we might be able to figure the website out. But we decided it was probably easier to simply move on to another news source which would tend to place more emphasis on the written word, not just on the pictures which might illustrate the written word. Of course, with all such redesigns, our fear is always that every other website will follow suit.
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