New Yorker’s Remnick explains why magazine didn’t link the word ‘screwball’ in story

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Jason Del Ray recounts New Yorker Editor David Remnick’s explanation of how the magazine thinks about “digital accoutrements” such as linking:

He also said that The New Yorker is continuously exploring when digital accoutrements actually add to the reader’s experience and when they may detract from storytelling. He referred specifically to a conversation he had with longtime New Yorker contributor Roger Angell about the idea of hyper-linking the word “screwball” in a passage that explained how the pitch is thrown and why it follows the path it does. In the end they decided a link — which would have brought readers to video of the pitch in action — should not be included.

“It is artistically deflating,” he said.

Having never been accused of being an artist, I present: a screwball in action. And for my encore: a Wiffle ball screwball in action. || Related: Remnick loves his iPad, but not Twitter and not reading on his phone (The Wrap) | New iPad app aggregates only long-form journalism (Poynter)

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  • peter herford

    Why not leave the choice to the reader? Mr. Remnick correctly protects his franchise of a well written magazine, but that responsibility ends at limiting the reader’s options. Links are a choice for the reader. If continuity is what the reader values then read on. For the reader who has become accustomed to or expects link options, why not? “Artistically deflating” is a response that deflates the reader. 
    Peter M. Herford