The inverted writing style is something that was done for traditional mass media because, often, the bottom of the story would get cut off for advertisement space. As Purdue University said, “The inverted pyramid structure also benefits editors. If an editor needs to cut an article, they can simply cut from the bottom.” This was another reason this writing style grew in popularity.
Since this was a style used or more traditional mass media journalists, I do believe that some of these styles ring true today. Perhaps, not for the advertising space and the cutting off for editorial reasons but because today’s reader won’t read an entire article. With technology shifts have come a less patient society. Our attentions spans aren’t what they used to be and this is also changing how we read the news thus changing how journalists have to report the news.
As Slate’s journalist, Farhad Manjoo, said, “I’m going to keep this brief, because you’re not going to stick around for long. I’ve already lost a bunch of you. For every 161 people who landed on this page, about 61 of you—38 percent—are already gone.” He wrote an article after going through the websites analytics, and the results were not promising. It seems that the average online viewer only looks at the headline, and will look for pictures or data in the articles that are being published. This reminded me of the inverted pyramid style because readers will look at the beginning and some look for important “middle” information and most will not finish the article because that’s where the “least important information seems to be found”. I believe this is why journalists, in today’s society, are going to have to stick to a similar writing style. It may be for different reasons, but sometimes the more technology changes, the more it stays the same.
I have included the video in case anyone wants to read about the inverted pyramid style.