The Independent

This weekend I was sitting having breakfast in an upmarket restaurant in the city of London (as you do).  The restaurant gave me a complementary copy of The Independent to mull over as I had a miniature version of what they called a ‘full’ English breakfast, but I digress.

I must confess I have never picked up a copy of this newspaper before, and I knew I was in trouble when I turned to the back pages, looking for the sport section, but found instead information about stocks and shares.

The Independent is a bit different you see, no stories about Harry whatshisname from One Direction, no further analysis about why Joe Hart has been benched for Man City (Although I did eventually find the sport section in the middle), just huge swathes of information and the occasional opinion by somebody whose occupation sounded rather important.  There was even a section where the editor discussed/defended the recent changes in the layout, including fonts and colours.

The point(s) of this analysis is of course

  1. When we think of Print as a media platform, perhaps one often thinks of newspapers first, but within this medium, the range in genre and codes and conventions is much greater than one would initially realise.
  2. Don’t go to a posh restaurant if you’re really hungry.