peak reporting

Like peak oil, it appears that journalism has also been mined for all its worth, and what we're now witnessing is the long slide into the production of ever more words for ever less information.

In today's Boston globe appears an article just over 900 words detailing Bush's fall off a mountain bike. It's an Associated Press Exclusive. Apparently Bush rides up hills that, in his words, "would choke a mule".

Enough of this purposeless fawning over politicians as if they were movie actors. You could have written that article in only four words: "Bush falls off bike". And think how much information you could add by simply including one more word: "again".

*Thanks to Pterals, who pointed out that I'd underreported the word count of the article by more than 50%.