It would be so much fun, if all of those comments from posters reading Todays's Papers there had been archived. Our comments from those days are now somewhere out in cyber space.
My nic was Addy.
I remember, Julie, Fairsheet, Cotton, MV., Pace, Friday, Red Cloud, Phil, Luke, Days, IRP. Queen, Arkady, Jack, etc. I am hoping others will be chiming in.
I missed naming a whole slew of them. I hope those I mentioned won't mind, I have mentioned their nics.
My last day there, I learned how to add an image to a post. It was fun.
Long, long ago, in an Internet far, far away, before there were podcasts or blogs, before there was YouTube or Google, when Arianna Huffington was famous for being a Republican pundit, Slate
pioneered Web aggregation. Our very first issue in 1996 featured “In Other Magazines,” which summarized the key stories in, well, other magazines. (I wrote it!) A year later, we began publishing “Today’s Papers,”
an early-morning analysis of the top stories in America’s five most important newspapers. The very idea of “aggregation” hadn’t even been invented yet: We called these features “meta-news.”
“Today’s Papers” was hilariously backward by contemporary standards. The authors originally collected front pages by fax from newspapers that barely had online editions. (Our first “Today’s Papers” didn’t even have links.) But the column was an instant sensation for Slate
, meeting a need our readers hadn’t even realized they had. It hooked an audience: William F. Buckley Jr. was particularly fervent, going into paroxysms if “Today’s Papers” arrived in his inbox late. “Today’s Papers” showed what Web news aggregation was supposed to be: It captured the media zeitgeist, it condensed everything you needed to know into a few paragraphs, and it was fast.
Over the next 12 years, journalism changed astonishingly, but “Today’s Papers” didn’t change at all. The column continues to be a brilliant condensation of one important aspect of the news, but it hasn’t kept pace with Web news as a whole: It doesn’t track the news as the day progresses, and it doesn’t encompass all the ways people get their news besides newspapers (blogs, Twitter, TV …). We’ve come to realize that we haven’t been doing the kind of aggregation most of our readers want.