New Journalism is still in a Wild West transitional stage. With the collapse of the publishing industry the rules have yet to be defined--and so far it's not looking too good for original reporting. Journalism has now focused on page views as a key to a story's success. If a web story gets low traffic, its no use to the publisher--despite the quality of content. The story becomes like a tree falling in the forest--does it make a sound? No longer are journalists rewarded by the quality of their work, but by the number of page views a story will get.
Look at this site for example: check at how many stories there are about Lady Gaga, Sarah Palin, and the last episode of Lost.
In this pay-per-click world, using page views as a compensation to reward writers is just fueling the land of mediocrity, bad reporting, and cheese. Quirky and obscure stories are shuffled aside for topics that are at the top of the Google search engine. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man with the most page views is king.
Thus why I'll end this piece with a quick mention of Lady Gaga, Sarah Palin, the last episode of Lost, and of course, adding the top Google keywords of the day:
2.north korea news
4. bono u2
5. lost series finale
6. french open
7. kwame kilpatrick
8. dow jones