In Jack Shafer's article "The Rise and Fall of the 'Bus Plunge' Story," he talks about a now extinct genre of news writing that was used as filler text in the days of "hot-type," meaning before the digital era, to take up newspaper space whenever a story ran short.
It is sad to see such tragedy reduced to a three sentence summary, but even more horrid that these fillers were a running joke among journalists.
That said, I do agree with one aspect Shaffer got at, "The abundance of bite-sized pieces scattered about gave readers multiple points of entry into yesterday's newspaper." With pieces that are short and informative the reader can easily take them in and come away knowing some facts about world news. However, for the filler to be a beneficial contribution to the paper it would need to broaden the subject matter beyond that of bus accidents. Maybe today's paper could reinvent the bus-plunge, taking out the "bus" and put more relative world news into this summary-type format. Why increase font size and add even more advertisements when more "news" could be inserted instead? I can already hear the response to that inquiry, but ideally newspapers would be about quality content not just content that sells.
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