Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A fairness experiment

Letter-to-the-editor bait and the apparently warm response it generated, here.

The response seems odd, but wait: what if it's a form letter? Maybe everyone who writes gets that encouragement. (You could criticize such a policy, but I might do the same in their shoes.)

We can speculate, and accuse or excuse, but why not do an easy experiment to test the hypothesis? I've sent them email with the same Subject: line, and the same general topic. The content was vacuous and the tone, noncommittal.

Let's just see what sort of response it generates.


Well, over 24 hours and no response. Not looking good for the Times.


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