I am not on some moralistic kick today, nor do I feel in any way like a curmudgeon. Instead I am just repeating a long-time gripe I have about the lowest common denominator always making inroads.
I hate when that happens. My readers should too.
This time the dumbing down happened on the cover of the latest Newsweek magazine which arrived in my mail yesterday.
I come from the old-school notion that an expletive marked out in ‘bleeping’ marks is just not professional anywhere, and certainly does not meet journalistic standards that I expect to see from a weekly newsmagazine.
Newsweek has arrived in my mailbox, regardless of where I lived, since early 1980. I have stuck with the magazine’s comings-and-goings of management, and editors over the decades. I never left them as all news cable channels and the internet made for huge changes in how news was obtained.
I always felt I was gaining some information, and certainly an entertainment value with my subscription.
What I do not pay money for however, is to be treated like some 15-year-old who requires juvenile attempts to make me open the cover.
While I am aware that Tina Brown, the new Editor in Chief, is trying to recharge the weekly, I must be candid and say I am not impressed. She will be, mark my words, the reason Newsweek ceases to be a publication. It is already verging on the doorstep of no longer being a serious one.
If dumbing down Newsweek is supposed to endear long-time readers such as myself to her cause she is sadly mistaken.
The money I allow for magazine purchases can be used elsewhere.