The Convergence Point

Because Story is independent of medium

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An eighteen page newspaper’s just a bit too long for my taste.

The average morning paper contains a few front-page, leading stories, several local sports pieces, the community calendar, meeting agendas, and the occasional arts and life piece. All deal with the paper’s region.

I’ve read through the two major local papers on Cape Ann, the Salem Evening News, and the Gloucester Daily Times  and paused,  wondering if what I’m reading really needs to be there. Read the rest of this entry »



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Each medium highlights different aspects of the way people understand a story.

If a narrative requires thought, generally a long-form, print piece that readers can look over quickly, and frequently, works best. If the story’s visual, colorful, and exciting, print doesn’t work. It feels to distant, and academic.

Video does these well. But, video lacks the depth, and potential for review, that print media has.

To each their own. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Into the Air

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Quiet falls over the Internet tonight. An odd stillness, sanity, and calm from a city known for a hedonistic addiction to flashing lights. Pause… something’s not right.

You’re in a dead zone, where the lights haven’t flickered, where a web presence hasn’t been, and where silence, at least in that corner of our digital world, rules with an iron scepter. Welcome to my town. Read the rest of this entry »