Humans in the Machine – NYT understands

The daily NYT email highlights the HUMAN FACTORS of the web site redesign. Not the classic definition of human factors suggesting "taking the human as a physical presence into account" but the "show you what the other humans think". The kind of human factors that emphasize the wisdom of crowds. What Live Web2.0 is about.

The
Redesign of NYTimes.com

Some of the changes and new features
you’ll see are a refreshed look, streamlined navigation, expanded use of video
and other multimedia and better ways to see what other readers are looking at,
searching for and talking about.

Emphasis added by me. The full explanation of the user interface changes and the logic behind them is worth a read for UI geeks.