Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Boston Globe Manages to Do Something Clever Online

Pity the poor Boston Globe--for as long as it's still with us. The boring broadsheet has produced what is mostly a weak Web site, with constant failed attempts at coming up with cute little slide shows or offbeat articles, most of which end up being way too...well, on beat, I suppose.

Nevertheless, I do read the Globe online every day because local TV news hit rock bottom years and then started digging into the rock to try to actually get worse...and I prefer NPR to local news radio in the car. Plus, the Globe is woefully un-hip, and so am I--so at least we have that in common. (Oh, and I've just never been a big fan of the Herald--it's really better for readers who live right in the city, not out in the 'burbs.)

Having said all that, I did find one of this week's gimmicks pretty cute. Apparently Michael Jackson's death has led to renewed interest in the old charity tune "We are the World." Well, this week, the Globe featured a fun little quiz, asking if readers could identify certain celebrities who took part in the famous recording of the song. Given a distance of almost 25 years, some of the participants look a little less than familiar now (and a few are a lot less famous). Most people older than 30 will probably ace this little test...but I'm ashamed to admit that I misidentified a famous face or two. I won't tell you which ones they were.

Anyway, well done to the Globe for actually sucking me in with a goofy Web vehicle for once.


  1. MJ, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers and/or Loggins. That's all I got.

  2. You have to actually go to the Globe site to see the full photo. The version posted on here cuts a bunch of people out of the picture.

    OK, I'm ashamed to admit it, but I didn't recognize Bob Dylan. I thought he would have looked much worse, even in 1985. I also thought Cyndi Lauper was Pat Benatar because I thought Bette Midler was Cyndi Lauper. (It was the red hair that threw me. I remember Cyndi with red hair.) That's grim. I'm turning in my grew-up-in-the-'80s card (happily, actually).