Umberto Eco has a piece of advice for journalists

2 December 2011

How long should news stories and features be in an era of short attention spans? Does serious stuff have an audience when there are a million diversions? Should we only give what readers and viewers want? Is it all about boiling it down for the lowest common denominator?

The questions facing journalism are eternal.

The Italian writer Umberto Eco, 80, provides a simple answer in The Guardian, London:

“It’s only publishers and some journalists who believe that people want simple things. People are tired of simple things. They want to be challenged.”

Europe, maybe. In India too?

Read the full article: People are tired of simple things

Also read: ‘Reader is king, reader is CEO’

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One Response to “Umberto Eco has a piece of advice for journalists”


  1. Tabloidasation and tantalization of the Indian media seem to be the order of the day. Serious writing and provoking the reader is today something like a fogotten art.


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