Tiger Mom and Eagle Dad

The Daily Mail has a looong story on the Chinese businessman who makes his 3-year-old kid run around in the snow in his underpants in New York as part of his “Eagle Dad” parenting style. 

If all goes to plan, it will get him into a top university by the age of ten. 

The father himself revels in the name Eagle Dad. He said: ‘Like an eagle, I push my child to the limit so he can learn how to fly.’ 

However, He Liesheng concedes that his techniques have strained his marriage, saying: ‘His mother just wants him to be a normal boy but I want him to be exceptional.’ … The result, Mr He claimed, is that his son had an impossibly high IQ score of 218 when he was tested at the age of 36 months.

One of the innovations that makes the Daily Mail of London such an awesome online newspaper (it recently passed the New York Times in readership) is that they understand that there`s no reason for a length limit to online stories. It used to be that tabloid papers like the Daily Mail had short articles, but now it has more long stories.

If the New York Times has a reporter talk to a news source for 30 minutes, they`ll use maybe one minute as the perfect quote. That`s what editors are for! But if a Daily Mail reporter talks to a news source for 15 minutes, they`ll post 5 or 10 minutes worth of stuff. If they take 20 pictures, they`ll post six of them. After all, there`s no real opportunity cost.

And if you want to read about some deplorable Chinese father tormenting his kid, then you probably want to wallow in the topic.  So, why not just dump everything in the reporter`s notebook into the posting?