As far as I’m concerned lately, the future of news is print. At least a page of print will hold still so you can read it.
Online news sites are afflicted with a jumping disorder, a downloading disorder, and a hell-no-you-can’t-scroll-till-I-say-so disorder.
The page jumps around as it’s downloading. If you are lucky enough to spot a link to whatever it is you want to read, you can’t click on it because it will move the second you click and you’ll end up with something you don’t want instead.
The home pages of news sites have mega kilobyte images which download at a snail’s pace. Once they finally download, everything jumps again. Heaven know what other tracking crap and advertiser crap is downloading in secret at the same time, making it all run even slower.
And while and this jumping and slow downloading is going on, you have no control over the page. You can’t scroll in hopes of reading the rest of something or finding something you want. If you try to scroll nothing happens until suddenly you jump down the page to far beyond where you wanted to go.
What the hell kind of user experience are online news sites foisting off on us? Give it to me on something static. Like a sheet of paper.