Soapbox: Titanic issues

There’s intelligent analogies, and then there’s just snarky.

IMHO, the rhetorical question by Jada Yuan in the New Yorker‘s Daily Intel column turns a tragic event into a stupid comment.

Yuan twists remarks by New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. that the print industry is comparable to the cruise ship industry — in the persona of the H.M.S Titanic — that eventually suffered because of the effect the airplane would one day have on the travel industry.

So when Yuan writes, “Okay, so let us get this straight. The publisher of the New York Times is saying that getting into print journalism is like getting on the Titanic?,” that mispresents the idea he’s trying to get across, in my interpretation, and tries to paint him in an unsympathetic and even stupid light.


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