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Your friendly editors at the Washington Post have always been helpful in assisting readers with complicated technological trends. In late 2005, for example, the paper put this stuff in the lead of a Metro story:
An 18-year-old student was arrested at a D.C. school yesterday for allegedly robbing a Metro passenger of an iPod, an expensive music-playing device that has become a pop-culture icon, a Metro spokesman said.
The electronic devices, which let people carry thousands of songs with them and listen to them through earphones, are about the size of a pack of cigarettes and have rapidly replaced the older portable Walkman-style stereos as the entertainment device of choice.
That nugget of wisdom was published more than four years after the iPod debuted.
This past weekend, the Post was at it again. Here’s the text:
Neighborhood news used to come in the form of a newsletter—-brightly colored paper with a cutesy letterhead to keep residents informed of crime activity, social events and new businesses popping up in the area.
In the age of the Internet, the newsletter is being replaced by the blog, an online update with much of the same news but viewable by anyone with a Web connection.
You don’t say. Certainly newspaper editors must be careful to ensure that they don’t write over the heads of their audience. But come on.