Thumbs Down: Identity
page of The Indianapolis Star last
Wednesday morning. By Wednesday afternoon, however, the primary focus of IndyStar.com's homepage shifted to other "hot"
news — mac'n cheese
to be exact. Journalists have been wringing their hands over the future of
their profession for decades. To be sure, The
Star's remaining journalists continue to serve the craft by shining light
in dark places to the best of their downsized ability — the DCS story,
the chronicle of local flavor maker Sensient's serial
record of disregard for employee health and the profile of Indiana's hate group
against hate groups are just some of the most recently published examples. But
when comfort food knocks the discomforted off the home page, one can only
question the future.