There are so many bells and whistles on the Arizona Daily Star’s cluttered new web site that you pretty quickly forget that it was once an on line version of a newspaper.
What the Star offers us now is not just an e-version of the dead tree edition; it’s an entertainment site filled with so many special features that the old-fashioned Star quite disappears. The reader is invited to pick from the potpourri and, acting as his own editor, assemble a newspaper.
Happily an e-version of the star still exists...an exact replica of the paper that you look at page by page exactly as if you were reading it at the breakfast table. Ads? Sure, but only what you see in the paper.
A newspaper is still the best way to read the newspaper.
More comment on this to come.