Whoa! Sit back and enjoy a little slow journalism
I spent Sunday afternoon trying to work around Google’s
“filter bubble” to find stories that I might not otherwise have stumbled upon: in other words, postings that weren’t related exclusively to
beauty trends. I didn’t have much success with Google, so I went to one of my other favourite sites,
Mindhack, and was directed to an amazing site that I hadn’t heard about before:
linked to a story written by
Vinnie Rotondaro about a student who challenged the ‘critical positivity ratio’
theory that says people are happiest when they have between 2.9013 and 11.6346 positive emotions for every negative one. The story was 34,000+ characters long, or the equivalent to around 243 tweets. After reading countless “social trend reports” that astutely emphasize the importance of minimizing text and using photos exclusively, it was charming to read that the mandate for this site is to tell original, in-depth and untold stories. “Narrative.ly slows down the news cycle,” they say. “We avoid the breaking news and the next big headline, instead focusing exclusively on untold, human-interest stories—the rich, intricate narratives that get at the heart of what a place and its people are all about.” Each day they post one story based on a theme for the week. It can be long-form journalistic piece, a photo essay or a
short doc. “Every story gets the space and time it needs to have an impact—an approach we call ‘slow storytelling’ or ‘slow journalism.’" While we rightfully have to be mindful of the PVs and UVs our content generates, it’s a luxury to read a beautifully crafted piece that doesn’t mentioned
Miley Cyrus or
twerking. (I shamelessly included those links to up the click rate!) If you have time, check out the site and enjoy a nice long read and then
tweet about it to your followers.
We also have great "long" reads …. Check these stories out:
In defence of the crazy cat lady
Why being just friends is a man’s nightmare
The price of pregnancy: how much are you willing to pay for a baby?