CNN has the nasty habit of posting a lot of video. If you look at the image, all those news stories with the little camera next to them are video clips. (And the t-shirt icon means they’re…t-shirts. Seriously.)
I hate this. It’s frustrating. Video on a news site blows.
With video, I have to:
- Wait for it to load
- Turn on my speakers (and irritate the people around me)
- Sit through an ad
- Wait for whomever is speaking to get around to their point
Text is good. Text is fast. The inverted pyramid style has been around for years, and it works. I can read the first couple of paragraphs and get the gist of what the story is about.
In a lot of ways, the difference between text and video is like the differences between email and phone, and I still like text for the same reasons. Rich media is cool, but text will never die.
When I see a headline on CNN that I want to read and it has a little camera next to it, I often get irritated enough to go to Google News, search for some terms, and see if anyone has written anything about it. I do that 2-3 times a week.