This evening I had that very rare and precious of things: time on my hands. But, unfortunately, it appears that when given space to think I don’t always use it that wisely.
As I was pounding on the cross-trainer in the gym my mind definitely wandered.
Ignoring some of the more fundemental historical reasons for their being, it occurred to me that many newspaper names in this country might be accused of reinforcing the “we shout, you listen” mentality.
The Post, although I hope developing a reputation to the contrary, is a case in point.
Then there’s The Mail, The Mercury (the winged messenger of the Gods no less!), The Standard, The Telegraph… even The Guardian seems a little paternalistic.
So, I mused, in this brave new world of crowd-sourcing, participation and reader inclusion what should a news publicaton be called?
The Consult? The Listener?
The we-try-and-take-your-opinions-into-account-but sometimes-we-run-out-of-time-er?
I plumped for “The Collaborator”.
It did, however, occur to me that this didn’t sound very Web 2.0 in comparison to the many new social media applications springing up across the interwebs.
Perhaps it would be better to design a cute little mascot-cum-logo and give the publication a title such as “Storeez” or “Gnewz” (oddly gnewz.com goes to the campaign website of Douglas Geiss, Democratic candidate for State Representative Committee in Michigan).