The “New York Times” devoted the entire front page of Sunday May 24 to a long list of names of people who died in the coronavirus pandemic. As the number of victims from Covid-19 in the USA approaches 100 thousand, the most famous newspaper in the world chooses to transform the entire front page into a giant “Spoon River”: name, age, city, a line of biography ( “He loved being a basketball referee”; “fireman on duty on 11 September”; “collector of stamps and coins”). So for a thousand people, “just 1% of the total”.
“It wasn’t just names on a list. It was us »says the summary of the page. In which the list of all names takes the place of the usual articles, photographs and graphics in an attempt to convey the vastness and variety of lost lives. A “front page” destined to cause a stir and controversy: the count held by Johns Hopkins University says that today more than 96,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States, who are preparing, on Monday, to celebrate Memorial Day. party that screeches with the long list reported by the newspaper. Tom Bodkin, creative director of the New York Times, said he did not remember any front pages without images, although there were pages with only graphics, during his 40 years at the newspaper.
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