It’s a great story. A magician posts videos of him shipping himself to Vegas from upstate New York via UPS. The Feds investigate. Turns out it’s a hoax and a publicity stunt. Hilarity ensues.
So far, so good. But you’re reading this online. What’s your first thought?
Right: Where’s the video?
You won’t find it in the AP retelling on the Newsday.com site.
You won’t find a link to the YouTube preview, or the special microsite set up to detail the fake journey.
You won’t find the links in the original story, in which the Syracuse Post-Standard is punked by the magician. (You will find the non-linked name of the web site, a sure sign that this is an automated port of a newspaper story)
And you won’t find them in the follow-up story on the Post-Standard either.
I’m picking on this one story, but it’s typical of far too many news web site stories that have obvious link potential: You won’t find links there.
Thom Smith saysMarch 20, 2009 at 8:07 pm
This topic and others were discussed on the "On Point" radio show in Boston the other day. It's worth a listen: http://www.onpointradio.org/shows/2009/03/local-n…
musica saysApril 22, 2009 at 3:04 pm
great post, thanks
ke?an saysJune 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm
thanks for info