Why there are no photos in the acarplace.com news
One of the endemic problems of the media in the 21st century has been the lack of analysis, memory, and depth. The general public rewards the fast, the flashy, the irrelevant — those who cover car crashes, sex scandals, anything sensational and pointless. Traditional media, chasing ad dollars and audiences, dumb themselves down and trivialize themselves, and for good reasons; Fox stole leadership from CNN largely (according to audience research at the time) on the basis of flash. More interesting graphics, more animated graphics, more special reports, bigger pictures, smaller words always seem to work. That’s why the Times of London is not the best selling paper — the sleazy tabloids take that honor.
In short, what most publishers have been striving for is to reach a mass market which wants things faster, flashier, and with more “human interest.” What they have been leaving behind is in-depth coverage and the perspective of expertise, knowledge, and history — knowing when things are important, understanding what they mean, and seeing linkages.
We are trying something new — returning to an ethic of depth, memory, and perspective. We are striving not for a large mass audience, which we know we cannot have. Those who want lots of pictures and news of every manufacturer, delivered with large doses of sarcasm and knowing winks-and-nudges, will find them in numerous other sites, including the most successful auto blog, autoblog. We want to reach the discerning reader, who seeks understanding rather than trivia.
We will miss some news. We will miss every car crash. We will miss nearly every supercar made in the dozens, which get more press than vehicles made in the hundreds of thousands. We will miss a lot of inane and useless quotes and trivia, and all the runway models used by European carmakers at the shows.
Hopefully, we will not miss anything important, and we will not miss you.