Matthew Yglesias sees either a conspiracy or gross incompetence on the part of those who released the Senate report on intelligence via a scanned photocopy rather than a searchable PDF document. Steven Taylor offers a simpler and more plausible explanation: the vast majority of people don’t understand the technology they use or even consider such things.
Since I began blogging, I’ve cared much more about the format of things than I once did. It now annoys me greatly if a web page isn’t easily searchable and, more importantly, cut-and-pastable. Things like the insertion of (news – web sites) references in Yahoo and other news sites is annoying, in that it’s something I have to clean out. But virtually no one who isn’t blogging would care at all.