Dave Weinberger has an interesting post on the status of a story on the front page of the Boston Globe, featuring a disabled vet back from Iraq and declaring the place a quagmire. Dave takes issue with the Globe front-paging the story;
Why this soldier? Why front page? Because Sgt. Fountaine is now against the war? And if he had come through his experience thinking that his sacrifice was worth it, would that have consigned the story to an inner page? What do we learn from Sgt. Fountaine's change of heart? Does it point to a trend? If not, if it's so purely particular and individual, then why is it the headline?
We need individual stories. We need overviews. But in choosing to put this particular story on the front page with a headline and lead focusing on Sgt. Fountaine's change of heart, the Globe uses his story inappropriately. IMO.