WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017
Gravitational waves and clothing: In our previous post, we mentioned the New York Times' list of "The Most-Read Stories of 2016."
In perfect Times fashion, the report was premature; it appeared on December 19. It only covers clicks (or so we assume) through November 30!
In perfect Times fashion, the paper doesn't explain how the list was compiled. It doesn't state the number of times each item was read.
It refers to its reports as "stories," just as a 5-year-old would.
Yesterday, Kevin Drum correctly sang the blues about the second most-read report of the year. Dearest darlings, it had everything, including lots of sexy-time sex and a kill shot at Candidate Clinton!
We were struck by other phenomena. The eighth most-read report of the year was the one about gravitational waves. Much as we have suspected, we the people seem to enjoy reports we can't understand!
We were also struck by the most-read reports from the major party conventions. The one concerned Michelle Obama's dress, the other Melania's flub.
The most-read columns didn't come from the columnists we might have suspected. On the extremely bright side, no column by Maureen Dowd cracked the year's Top 100. Brooks and Kristof had three columns each, Krugman only one.
That silly report about Trump's final days ranked number 58. That's the one where Haberman, Parker, Barbaro and them put all their thumbs on all the scales, letting us laugh about the ways Trump was going down to defeat.
The number one most-read report? It dealt with the reasons why we keep marrying all the wrong people. The third most-read report detailed 52 different places we can go to escape. Apparently, the Times was prescribing one vacation per week.
The seventh most-read report last year dealt with the ways we keep gaining weight. The American people are pretty sharp, exactly as the Top 100 most-loved pundits have said.