Since Google just brought out its new reading age analysis tool, I've used it to compare a pretty arbitrary selection of news and journalism blogs I happen to follow for a view as to the different reading ages of sources going into the site. I've included aggregator Mediagazer as a baseline (although like Techmeme it seems to have a higher reading age than its constituents, oddly).
Patrick Smith's site doesn't show up properly on Google's reading age tool so the dignified prose of Alan Mutter's Newsosaur seems to come out with the highest reading age, followed by Jay Rosen and then Paidcontent UK (amusingly coming out very slightly ahead of the main US site). My own modest efforts bobble around the middle of the pile.
Not that writing for a high reading age is necessarily anything to shout about of course - there is a great deal to be said for plain English. But since the tool is now lying around I've been using it to compare newspapers, social networks and other sources so I wanted to see how the news and journalism commentators came out.
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