The other day, I was poking around on The Guardian‘s website (a British national paper), and I found myself looking twice at the headlines. Prominently displayed on the website so that it’s the first thing a reader sees was an article called something along the lines of “Ten Things I Learned at the Comic-Con.” Lest you think that ‘comic-con’ has some greater implication over the pond than it does here, let me tell you it does not. The article was indeed about the annual San Diego geekfest.
I thought, “Wow. The Guardian‘s webmaster thinks the British reading public would be more interested how many nerdy Americans dressed up as Wonder Woman than, say, Obama’s latest speech about the debt crisis (which, surprisingly, had the third slot).
Not that I’m any way bashing the intelletual abilities or tastes of the British (or the Comic-Con, for that matter: hey, if I had a few hundred bucks to blow I’d be there too. But I wouldn’t dress up as Wonder Woman). By way of comparison, that same day The Los Angeles Times website had a conspicuously placed article about the largest baby born in Texas. To be brutally honest, the Comic-Con is probably more important and influential than a 16-pound infant. Yeah, so Americans–or at least Angelenos–might be lagging behind the British.
Still, the experience made me stop and think. What are the headlines in my mind? If someone ranked my thoughts by ‘most viewed’ or ‘this just in’, what would they see?
Kinda sobering, isn’t?