Maybe we've gotten spoiled. We used to think nothing of paying for quality news. Back in the days of newsstands and paperboys, it made perfect sense for us to shell out a few quarters in exchange for a thick sheaf of inky paper that we'd read while waiting for the bus. Why on earth would we expect to get it for free?
While we may not be doing much reading of the newspapers anymore, we can certainly do our share of misinterpreting them. I have always appreciated an easily misdirected headline--one that was concocted by a writer with a subtle sense of humor or maybe just an oblivious editor who needed to brush up on their double entendres. Headlines aren't an obsolete art, but they just don't pack the same punch as they used to. The layouts of our news sites--even the major, supposedly classy ones--are just so cluttered with ads and photos and other junk that the headline doesn't hold the same power it once did. It doesn't have the same weight online as it did in print, none of the same gravity or command. Maybe that's why illustrator Eric Wedum chooses to render his deliberately misinterpreted headlines as newspaper clippings.