Letting rip

American newspaper journalists wonder out loud why the appeal of printed newspapers doesn’t seem very powerful compared to the internet. Others also wonder how and why so many British newspapers websites have done so well among US readers, particularly on the east coast.

I’m not the first person to suggest that one reason – for the relatively strong appeal of British journalism at least – is that much American op-ed newspaper commentary is not, ahem, very sparky. I can easily imagine this column by the British writer Matthew Norman appearing on a website in America. But I can’t see many US papers running anything like it.

Can you think of examples that prove me wrong?



1 comment

  1. Katherine Precht

    Well it may not be quite as sparky as Matthew Norman’s piece, but Maureen Dowd is fairly slick in this column on Goldman Sachs