When I left New York a quarter of a century ago, for better or worse or just the way it is with humans, the dividing lines between readers were The New York Post and the New York Times, The Daily News and The Village Voice, New York (Magazine) and The New Yorker. Some like a folksier read and some enjoy ‘think’ pieces and most of us like a bit of both.
It may be true that a think piece was written by someone who has more information than you do which might make some suspicious and that’s O.K. People can always do their own verification. Think pieces are sometimes like schoolwork. The Times has been looked down upon by ‘regular’ folks as a bastion of elite liberalism. I guess that means you had to go to school to understand the content. Or you could infer that educated people are both elitists and liberal.
On a day when a dividing line is drawn between those snobs who aspire to go to college and regular good folk, thanks to Presidential not- liberal hopeful Rick Santorum, it seems a good time to celebrate the positive in being educated lest anyone buy into the idea that an elevated education is unimportant or embarrassing for regular folk. We need those snobby scientists and mathematicians. We need to know history and literature even if we didn’t write it. Sometimes you just have to trust.
Meanwhile the paper of David Brooks, Maureen Dowd, Thomas Friedman and Paul Krugman has released another article by William Broad who appears devoid of information but full of homespun stories when it comes to yoga. He is re-writing yoga. He does not seem to trust what others have written or practiced. He does not appear to understand the science.
Are you trying to banish the notion that your writers are educated elite or does your editorial department not bother to fact check when it comes to yoga? You have given Broad the mantle of yoga expert though he has little knowledge of what he’s talking about. Dear Times, he is making a fool of you and your readers. And he’s making yoga look stupid.
I suspect I can hear Rick Santorum laughing into his chocolate milk. Look, even the New York Times has decided it’s stupid to be smart.
So will you please vet your writers more carefully? Perhaps his work should go into an opinion column. I think his science might be better placed in a Rupert Murdoch paper but that’s just my op-ed note.