I’m sick and tired of click bait, although I’m glad I now have a word for it. “This potato recipe will blow your mind.” Well, actually, people have been boiling potatoes before frying or roasting them for years. “This kid will restore your faith in humanity.” Who says I have a problem with humanity? (Please stop laughing.) Contrary to the overhyped titles of ordinary articles, my life is not changed a thousand times every day.
The other thing that pisses me off is references to twitter scandals I have never heard of. Instead of explaining the issue, they link to commentary. Sometimes I want the primary text, people! Links can work as definitions, but sometimes they are just a long chain of referrals, and I never learn anything. (I may be guilty of this.)
My grandmother used to rail against puns in newspaper headlines. That battle is long lost; but you can see that the apple did not fall far from the tree.
But sidling away from my “kids these days” list of complaints, what if we subjected article titles to the kind of rules the FDA has? Can you have a class action suit because you am in fact looking at tissue paper the same way you used to despite article claims?
What claims do you no longer believe?