What are ‘Life’, Society’ and ‘Culture’?
No, it’s not a philosophical question. Starting today, we’ve reorganised the way we present some of the content on the site. Up to now, the Life and Culture section contained all the articles from the daily Arts and Features pages of the newspaper, along with weekly supplements including HealthPLUS, Motors, Property, The Ticket, WeekendReview, the Saturday Magazine and Go.
For the most part, these articles were published on a rolling daily or weekly (whichever was applicable) basis. So when you clicked into Life and Features, you’d find the relevant content from today’s newspaper, along with the most recent edition of the various supplements.
The problem with this was that articles on related subjects were scattered willy-nilly across the various sub-sections. A piece on, say, issues affecting families might appear in Health, in Features or in the Magazine. An interview with a film director or a novelist could be in one of five different sections. And these sections remained static and unchanged on the site for up to a week. While this makes sense for a daily newspaper, it’s not particularly user-friendly for online readers.
We’ve now grouped the content thematically under three main sections:
Life covers subjects such as style, consumer issues, food and drink, homes and property, motoring, fashion and articles about the way we live today.
Society encompasses major social concerns including health, education, family matters, science, the environment and people and issues in the news.
Culture, pretty obviously, includes all our coverage of books, films, music, art, theatre, art, design, architecture and media.
Within these sections, we’ve subdivided the content into broad categories such as features, comment, news and reviews.
So, if you’re interested in food and drink, you can now go here for the most recent Tom Doorley restaurant reviews, Domini Kemp recipes or John Wilson wine columns, along with any other current foodie stuff.
Or you can find all our books coverage – reviews, interviews, exclusive extracts – here.
You can still find a full index of today’s newspaper articles section by section here.
Over the next few days and weeks, you’ll see these new sections fill up with the broad range of content The Irish Times publishes. I hope you’ll find this new presentation more accessible and useful. Please bear with us if there’s a couple of glitches in the first few days – and please do contact me if you spot one. And, more generally, it would be great to hear what you think.