Slate’s Todays Papers morning briefing was, at its inception, an early nod to the way we read news now, online from more sources than previously available; over the past twelve years, though, the concept of an actually written — like, in actual paragraphs of prose — aggregator of the morning newspapers has become kinda quaint: Today’s Papers seems increasingly the type of article that today’s aggregators would link to with, perhaps, a line of commentary.
So, chalking it all up to the ever-accelerating news cycle, Slate has decided that the time is right for “unplugging grandpa from the ventilator”, discontinuing Today’s Papers in favor of “The Slatest“, which is, so help us, a “responsive to the news cycle” media-mashup remix interactive Twitter-fed Facebook-followed bricolage of hot sexy up-to-the-minute decontextualized information and shit. We are all the news.
Let the record reflect that the last Today’s Papers ran on Sunday, August 23. The lead story concerned the Pentagon’s decision to release the names of some detainees to the Red Cross; the last graf, generally reserved for man-bites-dog stuff, concerned people infecting pigs with the swine flu at county fairs.