This is your
New York Times:
This is your New York Times
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I expected something to show up on Glass after I installed the app, but nada. So then I thought maybe I’d done something wrong. Then I went out to get breakfast. When I came back, I noticed this new card in my timeline:
I tapped on the card, and then got this card:
Yikes! Well, I guess that explains it. The Times gives you breaking news as it happens, not old news. That makes sense. However, it’s hard to read a headline like this and then go on about your day. Your curiosity has been piqued, right? Well, NYT to the rescue! Tap Glass and this option appears:
So I tapped again, and my Glass proceeded to say “Archaeologists excavating a trash pit found marks on a skull and skeleton of a girl that suggested human consumption.”
And that was all. No matter how often I tapped, I wasn’t going to learn any more. Like why would archaeologists be digging around in a trash pit? And how long had the girl been dead? I was visualizing more of a garbage dump when, in actuality, it was from the Jamestown colony in the early 1600’s. It was a historical site, not the site of a murder investigation.
Ironically, when I was going out for breakfast, I was contemplating how valuable these little news “snippets” might be. I’d just read this article from the Huffington Post about the Times app and I suspected headline offered in the app would only lure you in and make you want more. I did expect a greater section of the article to be read aloud, however, but now I think I understand the purpose of this app.
This app works well – it does what it says – but it really only serves to further interrupt your day. Do you really need to be the first to know about a four-hundred year old act of cannibalism? Obviously the headline won’t give you enough information to feel “informed”, so what will you do? You’ll probably go to NYTimes.com (like I did) where you’ll see lots of ads making lots of money for the struggling newspaper industry.
I didn’t consider this one to be too newsworthy, but it was attractive. Maybe that counts for something.