I expected to hate it. And I do.
My one ray of hope looking at yesterday's paper was that Matt Eagan -- a funny, bright and talented fellow who once worked with me at the Press -- might have a new sports column, but it turns out that he simply happened to be the first of a rotating group of sportwriters to spout off.
What's wrong with the new design? It's a thin and sort of sad effort to hide the diminishment of a once great American newspaper. What's left of the Courant is more vapid than I imagined it would be, particularly the anonymous and out-of-context reader comments at the top of some pages. Yuck.
Obviously, I don't have the answer for how to prevent newspapers from going the way of cobblers and blacksmiths, but I am confident that the Courant, despite what I'm sure was an honest effort to make the best of a bad situation, hasn't stumbled on the solution either.
What do you all think? What's good and bad about the new Courant? Does anybody think it's better. If you do, why?
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