Clickbait Watch #12 🖱️

Funny or Die / YouTube

Funny or Die / YouTube

A reminder

Clickbait stories are meant to generate online clicks for the sole purpose of driving more traffic and hence generate more $$$ for an online publisher. This often means loud, extreme language used in the titles of stories. I guess not many people click on calm titles. 🤷

So what?

Clickbait leads to a rise in the volume and anxiety of your online news experience, or even misleading reporting. Each week we'll look at the most egregious clickbait titles, and after analyzing them, give them a less extreme title based on the actual information in the article.


CNN: James Van Der Beek interviewer has no idea who he is

News Bling’s Suggestion: New show’s premise?  Tig Notaro has no idea who she is interviewing, starting with James Van Der Beek

Problem with title: 
This sounds like a terribly awkward interview moment, for either James Van Der Beek or the interviewer, and awkward moments create a lot of clicks.  But in reality, this is the premise of the show with interviewer Tig Notaro, a comedian who admits a low pop culture IQ. She interviews guests and they try to give her hints about who they are, until she figures out their name.


Fox News: 
Football field-sized asteroid could hit Earth this year

News Bling’s Suggestion: Football field-sized asteroid has a miniscule chance of hitting earth

Problem with title:  The asteroid in question is projected to pass earth at a distance of 4.2 million miles, and the chance of this model being off is less than 1/100th of a percentage point, according to the article. “Could” seems like a strong word choice.

That moment you fall victim to clickbait

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