What could CNN be thinking?
Big red banner. Big ads. Big headlines about nothing important (current featured story, "Groggy: excess sleep could be reason"). Small type size. Small focus on hard news.
This all adds up to a lousy web site. Some find good, bad, and the ugly in the redesign. I haven't noticed anything good so far, agreeing with a Yahoo questioner: "Why does the new CNN website sucks so bad?"
I'm bothered, because Fox News already is kicking CNN's butt. That hurts my progressive sensibilities. I'd like to see CNN become more of an effective truth-counterweight to Fox's falsities.
But the new CNN"s emphasis on video is a step in the wrong direction.
I like to read my news online, not watch it. I don't want to spend five minutes watching a CNN video, complete with ads, when I could scan a written story in a few seconds and get the info that I'm looking for.
This comes on the heels of CNN"s recent release of a hugely annoying iPhone app that reeked with ads and hard to read white on black typography.
(Note to web site designers: when I come across a site or blog that has light colored type on a dark background, I race away -- the eyestrain isn't worth it, no matter how good the content).
What must have happened is that Fox News infiltrated an undercover agent into the CNN graphic design staff, who now is doing his or her best to make CNN difficult for people to enjoy.
The plot is succeeding, for sure.