Wednesday, December 27, 2006
My favorite (not that this stuff is enjoyable) part about events like these, is reading the 3-4,000 word obituaries that get mysteriously written and posted on websites within minutes. Judging by this mammoth the NY Times wasn't playing around with this one.
Of course, these obits are written months, sometimes years, in advance of the person actually dying. There's hundreds of these folks -- important figures and newsmakers -- that news organizations are literally just waiting to die. It's so particularly fascinating to me because I am history dork of ridonculous porportions, but also because the newspaper industry has changed so much. Breaking news has got to get the story right, and its got to do so right now. After all, by tomorrow morning, this story is cold pizza.
Not to be morbid, but I would love to know who else is on the list of the Living Dead. In other words, who else has obits just waiting in the wings? continue...