UNFORTUNATE SPOILER: This is definitely not an April Fools’ Day joke.
First, there was the newspaper.
Remember that regaled form of media that would force someone to consume the news in detail before the radio taught us to use sound to feed our imaginations in different ways?
Then TV allowed us to absorb news in digestible segments that came with b-roll, sound effects, “special interest” stories, and the occasional dope honking while a reporter is trying to talk. Now Twitter and Facebook allow us to form opinions on stories we haven’t even read based on the non-factual statements of people who didn’t even write them.
What’s the next step in “devolving” the news? How about one-sentence stories for the Apple Watch?
One-sentence stories are accompanied by The Times’s award-winning photography and short, bulleted summaries. Readers can use Handoff to continue reading any story on iPhone or iPad, or tap “Save for Later” to build a personal reading list. Editors on three continents will be dedicated to The Times’s core mobile apps, including Watch, 24 hours a day.
That’s just how I like my news — misleading, abbreviated, and delivered in one “diagrammable” sentence. Even reporters are against this idea.
Take this, from Alex Fitzpatrick of Time magazine’s editorial department:
Screenshots of the NYT Apple Watch app. The emoji use is fun, but man I don’t want news updates on my wrist at all. pic.twitter.com/tdCk7x1Aax
— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) March 31, 2015
The New York Times app for Apple Watch will go live on April 24…and the credibility of the Grey Lady will plummet on April 25.