Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Death on wheels?
This headline from a news aggregator (where else?) is ambiguous. Is the death penalty on tour?

No, but Florida is executing someone named Danny Rolling. Most readers, especially outside the state, do not know his name, however, especially for headline purposes. And his last name conveys another meaning altogether, so even if it is recognized by the audience, why create confusion with this sort of headline?

More on problems with news aggregators here.
posted by Andy Bechtel at 3:26 PM | Permalink |


  • At 12:55 PM, Anonymous geek girl

    Is it like a rolling blackout? The execution targets different parts of the person?

  • At 4:04 PM, Blogger Ruby

    Seems like more of a problem with bad copy editors than with aggregators.