I realize that I can’t complain too much about a crappy website that I don’t pay for, but is there a more annoying one than Greenwich Time’s? It’s impossibly slow to load because of the video pop-up ads, it’s cluttered with pictures of the same pudgy-cheeked woman identified simultaneously, as a “Greenwich Mom” and a “Hartford Mom” and when the paper isn’t flogging fat loss, it’s pushing a “cure for yellow teeth”, again discovered by a mom. I love my mother, but I don’t think I ever sought out her advice on ab building or cleaning my teeth, so why would I listen to someone else’s mother? And what possible credibility is lent by attributing a product to its discovery by a mom? Are we supposed to believe than no mother would ever rip us off or endorse a product that wasn’t good for us and a sound purchase? Do these idiots think we never heard the multitude of Trump bimbos peddling bad real estate investments? Or never watched the care and loved lavished on her children by Leona Helmsley?
The paper is as slow to update news as it is to load. Stories appear hours after they’ve been reported elsewhere – even here, for God’s sake – and many never make it to the on-line version at all. I understand that to the extent the web version is a competent substitute for the paper edition, fewer people will pay for the paper, but get real – no one’s buying the damn paper anymore anyway. I don’t know a business model that will allow newspapers to survive but if there is one, it surely can’t include putting out a weak, incomplete version of a tabloid.