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October 8, 2013

Regarding Those Ridiculously Large FOX News Touchscreens

FoxNews Ridiculously Large touch screens

1. Microsoft hail Mary.

2. It’s always “mine is bigger than yours” with these people.

3. Everybody knows people at FOX don’t read.

4. Instead of hanging it up, Beck could have cashed in the blackboard.

5. And they call it the “news deck.” Welcome to the adversarial media space’s Battlestar. (…But, where’s Shatner?)

6. Distinctions between “Alice and Wonderland” and the internet get smaller by the day. Lean forward and it’s down the rabbit hole.

(screen grab via FoxNews video)

  • bystander

    6. It’s all about the optics…

    • Michael Shaw


  • GeorgeMokray

    When do they get to the virtual gestural “Minority Report” screens?

  • bks3bks

    Despite their incredibly massive hapticscreenology, there seems to be a screw loose:


  • black_dog_barking

    First impression: a bunch of kids are playing Dress Up and Newsroom. The disproportionate size of these jumbo screens visually infantilizes the operators which I suspect is a bug, not a feature for Fox.

    I would LOVE to have one of these things to play with but I’m skeptical that we’re seeing any improvement in information flow through the newsroom with the introduction of these ginormous screens. For the job of organizing information for efficient communication small is more effective that large. When you can reduce important concepts to small displays in close proximity you start to help your reader/viewer process and organize your message — you communicate. Big overwhelms, small draws the reader in.

    When you introduce radically different technology you don’t improve productivity, at least not right away. It takes time to develop best practices, to suss out the capabilities of the new toys. Cutting over to a completely different system likes this will likely be disruptive to efficiency for a long time. Since it is Fox News I’m not sure anyone will notice.

  • LanceThruster

    “I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.

    Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I
    tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”

    “But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”

  • LanceThruster

    Life as usual in the Ministry of Information

    Sam Lowry:
    I assure you, Mrs. Buttle, the Ministry is very scrupulous about
    following up and eradicating any error. If you have any complaints which
    you’d like to make, I’d be more than happy to send you the appropriate

  • Scarabus

    Did they get the idea from the NCIS TV show?

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