what if we had newspapers that organized news by the objective importance of the subject, rather than just the recency of the latest update?

so, like, the front page above the fold would be reserved for news about the ongoing climate apocalypse, every day, until it was solved.

below that, the next most important ongoing story

obviously there's editorial subjectivity involved. we'd pick a newspaper by how much we trusted their sense of rankings.

@nindokag I think people would just stop buying newspapers. "Oh look, more climate change, I've already made up my mind about that, guess I don't need the paper today." It might work better on the TV news? But then again, people just don't watch TV news they disagree with either.

@nindokag "Newness" (real, or fake - see most magazines) is a key point to keeping up a sustained readership, which in turn, determines the amount of advertising money the newspaper gets. It's effectively a cycle that keeps us trapped to facile takes and never seriously dealing with topics, especially if it goes against profit.

@nindokag I'm pretty sure they joked about this on a recent 80,000 hours podcast. Like a subtitle to each article that gave an utilitarian ranking of how important something was. It was probably this episode:

@nindokag Here in Portugal tv news is arranged by how much people care. So you get two or three big stories at the beginning, then 30 to 45 minutes of soccer, then 15 minutes of sucking the tourism industry's dick. Even the 24 hour news channels are mostly about soccer and tourism.
The only exception is that one channel that's all about murder, rape and soccer (and 80's erotic movies).

@nindokag The Guardian used to do that for a while in their broadsheet paper edition, the headline font size was determined based on the importance of the story too.

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