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I am convinced that the quality of writing in the New York Times has diminished in recent years.
I've used the text between these two spectrum bars as the basis for a page on the subject.
I associate this decline -- if it is real --
If that is real
with the onset of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003
preparation for and execution of the U.S.-led...
whether accurately or not, I correlate a marked decrease in cohesive ligic within the text of NYT articles -- as well as a dramatic drastic sharp steep rise in the numbers of typographical errors and associated small bugups
I like the word bugups. I think I just invented it.
[I have a theory] assuming, for the sake of the theory, that a decline in textual quality is a fact -.
[One man with a theory could not muster the statistical might scope to that would he woiuld need one would need to test the theory
[The mater of typographical and omissional errors could in theory is in theory testable -- but would properly require a team of skilled proof copyreaders. The matter of logical cohesiveness would be more difficult to quantify -- (not to mention) controversial to define with any precision]
But here's the anecdotal experience of one who enjoys a good newspaper.
I used to be able to frequently able to identify a text reprinted from the NYT into another by another paper. I would get that "feel" from it, check the byline, and find confirmed it was an NYT article. This "feeling" had nothing to do -- I believe -- with any sort of editorial-bias tone betrayal by the style of the writing. Instead, it had everything to do with a style of logic, a fidelity and a consistency that I found peculiar to the NYT and for which I loved the paper.
The "logic" that I used to find so enjoyable in the NYT
Words had consequence. The reader could have confidence. The text -- always conditional, as any writing; always an artful, partly-subjective perspective, no matter how idealistically objective -- bore consequence. The most delightful [expression] of this was in the fact of case of most any question that the article caused in the mind
I found that when I was reading an article and a small question arose in my mind -- a question reaised by the text of an early paragraph -- I found that this question would at least be addressed in a paragraph later in the article.
A simple thing -- but delightful.
The experience of reading quality prose.
It was enough to satisfy my desire to read good writing -- enough to mollify the guilty fact that I did not like books.
I still read the NYT in the form of the IHT, here across the Atlantic.
But the paper, it seems to me, is not what it was.
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