April 11, 2004

Now, That's (Not) Worth Noting

by Chris Geidner

Get out your Note-books, everyone, because ABC has something that has just got to be Noted . . . Now!

Senator Kerry takes Easter Communion without incident... afternoon at home in Boston...

Bush celebrates holiday at Ft. Hood, meets with wounded soldiers...

That's not the way to convince this politically interested reader that Noted Now is the "next generation in Internet political news." To the contrary, it makes me wonder why ABC is even bothering with this silly, half-hearted venture. I mean, The Note (although obviously not everyone's cup of tea) is a fun -- if lengthy -- collection of what's up and what's missing from other media coverage about politics. That's why I read (some of) it, and that's what it did well. Noted Now, however, is a flop.

And, as an FYI, The Note was sounding a little bit desperately self-aggrandizing (Note my sarcasm) on Friday when it announced as its eleventh "[p]olitical dynamic[] to watch from now through Monday":

Which Note readers will join the Noted Now bandwagon -- realizing that it is the best place for them to get breaking political news all the time at a glance?

Please, someone tell me this was a joke. They are promoting their own alleged bandwagon? Isn't it others who create the bandwagon effect? And do The Note's writers truly believe that whether people jump on said alleged bandwagon is up there with the "Japanese hostage situation" and even "Kerry['s] new ad shoot" as among the eleven most important political dynamics of the weekend? And, if so, wouldn't one think they'd be doing something at least somewhat interesting with the site over the weekend?

Guess not.

[UPDATE: Much thanks to Wonkette for all the visitors. Be sure and check out day one and day two of our symposium on "Internet, Law, & Culture" while you're here.]

April 11, 2004 06:15 PM | TrackBack

Gee, did you miss the real blockbuster news:

"BUSH: 'What we're doing in Iraq is right...'"!!!

That's the first time I've ever heard that statement. Thanks Noted Now!

Posted by: Justin at April 11, 2004 10:13 PM

Yeah, totally useless things for those ignorant of the internet usually fail. Just look at AOL. Oh, wait...

Posted by: Matto Ichiban at April 12, 2004 12:25 AM
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