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A year ago, amidst the doom and gloom of flagging circulation and slimmed down ad revenue, The New York Times posited the question, Does criticism matter?
Though buried in the pages of the weekend book review, the query had implications far beyond the realm of literary analysis. Is there a place, the editors seemed to be asking, for quality journalism in a world dominated by Ryan Gosling Tumblr memes? Is there a difference between any old news site and "All The News That's Fit To Print"? In short, does investing in quality ingredients make any difference?
According to Harvard graduate Megan Amram, it matters a whole lot. Her recent blog post, "Paula Deen's Heath Food Cookbook," imagines what healthy recipes might look like if the producer had little regard for ingredients. Here is one example:
1 lb. bag of Skittles
3 cups ranch dressing
Mix well. Serve room temperature.
Ranch dressing may be, as Alec Baldwin once Tweeted, America's favorite spice, but it is far from a substantive solution to America's dietary needs. What is true in the world of food also applies in the world of journalism. When it comes to longevity, the things that keep you going reside at the base of the food pyramid, not the top.
Blueberries contain a higher concentration of antioxidants than any other fruit. Whats the news equivalent?