Monthly Archives: January 2011

State of the Union 2011

We all know the economy is suffering. But, Obama remained optimistic about innovation and reform in his State of the Union Adress.

For those of you who missed the speech, here’s the Reader’s Digest version

In my words…

“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.”

Obama calls for innovation through education reform, energy conservation and national deficit reduction.

And in theirs…

“State of the Union is better; state of Obama is strong.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Forward together, or not at all.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Obama Ushers in Era of Divided Government With Appeal”

The San Francisco Chronicle

The Times-Dispatch has the best headline in my opinion, because it expresses the message of the address, not just a vague opinion about how it went (*cough AJC *cough). The direct quote is always a nice, effective way to draw in the reader, offering context without specificity, which makes the reader curious. The Chronicle’s nonsense about an era of divided government only appeals to people truly interested in the politics of Obama’s speech, not his emotion, not his desire to regain the trust of the people and move forward as a country. Plus, when has the government not been divided? Also, the AJC article was an editorial, and reflected one reporter’s opinion on the story, which may be interesting, but only in conjunction with an objective article of the speech. I couldn’t find a full text of the address on the site.

Want more than the RD version? Check out “the scoop” for Obama’s main points or click on the blue links above.

 

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

THE GOOD
El Economista (Madrid)

A tri-color design with character and variety. The nameplate is at the top and easily visible. The skyboxes are interesting teasers, but not distracting. Excellent use of white space and large typography. The infographic serves the function of text with the appeal of picture. The 5-column-design provides room to say a lot without getting too narrow or text heavy.

THE BAD
The Wall Street Journal (NY)

Too much black text. A boxy, vertical design, particularly with the mile-long columns on the left. All stories are given equal importance with size and typography. Without reading context, I dont know to which story the picture belongs (the one on the left? Below?) The nameplate is dull, though the serifs make it easy to read.

THE UGLY
The New York Post Online (NY)

A hot mess of colorful ads with little text. There are no bits of stories, only links to news (right next to gossip). Undies is the first word I see, which doesn't bode well for the reputation of the paper. My eyes keep wandering, distracted. The page is not informative. I find myself unable to take the NY Post seriously.

What do you think?

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