Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Skimming of Hillary Clinton

I have said it before.  Years of blogging have taught me that many people do not read. They see headlines and ingest that (which is my big issue with the New York Times never emphatically apologizing to Hillary for their dastardly header of July 23).

The difference between seeing and reading is similar to the difference between hearing and listening.  Those for whom reading is just too much of a pain in the butt have a service which will digest the news for them and serve up the morning pablum. (In fairness, yes I do know that some people simply do not have time to read as much as they would like to, and I hope this is a boon to them.)
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It is not a newsfeed that finds stories of interest to you. It is a site that reads the stories for you, puts it in a food processor, and makes a smoothie.  Sounds peachy.

Today they "skimm'd" Hillary.  Here's the "skimm."  Some say it reads like a job interview (and she is, in fact, applying for a job).  To me it reads a lot like her old MySpace page from 2008.
Education, equality, and black coffee (sometimes). Read what Hillary's all about in !
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Clearly Hillary wisely cooperated with this entry, and it is just another social media website.  This particular entry resembles her own site The Briefing.  But as the election cycle evolves, it is probably yet another site Hillary folks will want to keep an eye on because it is not at all clear exactly how fair and objective the "skimming" will be.

In the interest of trusting but verifying, Hillary watchers, you can sign up here for Skimm to receive their latest takes on the stories you need to know about in the morning.  I am giving this a "we'll see."