Why I’ve given up reading the Huffington Post

The Huffington Post used to be a great place for center-to-slightly left leaning news coverage.

Over the last five years it has continued to slide as a serious news source. During the holidays, I finally decided it no longer merited a stop during my daily news perusal. I stopped reading on January 1st and haven’t been back since. Here’s why.

1. The annoying click bait titles are annoying.

“You won’t believe what this politician said next.” or “The top nine foods you need to eat RIGHT NOW” simply does not qualify as journalism. Give me an informative title to judge if I want to read your content please.

2. The annoying featured ads inserted directly into news content are annoying.

This is particularly egregious on the mobile app with “Presented by…” some corporate sponsor and formatting to look like any other of their other low-brow click bait articles.

Which brings me to…

3. A vast majority of the worthy content on HuffPost comes from 3rd party sites anyways.

The HuffPost reposts things from the NY Times and other sites anyways. I prefer to get my content from primary sources.

There are a few select people I continue to follow on Twitter but I have pretty much wiped the HuffPost from my slate.

Since I’m not going news free, I’ve replaced it with a renewed subscription to Harper’s, The New York Review, and of course, the New Yorker. For breaking news, Twitter.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (2004)

An amazing book that traverses generations, disparate characters, and settings. Mitchell moves from genre to genre seamlessly and it works incredibly well. Chapters set in the future are particularly good, where corporations have completely subsumed control of the planet and brand names have become common nouns. Brilliant.

Thousand Cranes (Yasunari Kawabata)

Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
Translated by Edward G. Seidenstricker
Published in 1959 in the US, 147 pp.

A beautiful book — stark, simple, and powerful. A tale of lost and misplaced love told through the metaphor of a Japanese tea ceremony. This is a novel that could never have been conjured by an American. Delicate and carefully crafted with a natural rhythm and flow. A good read for breakups.

Quotes:

pp 131: Well, most men wouldn’t let a girl get away while they were thinking what a nice girl she was. After all, there’s only one Yukiko in this world.
pp145:
Now, even more than the evening before, he could think of no one with whom to compare her. She had become absolute, beyond comparison. She had become decision and fate.