Facebook Live came of age this week in the way that radio did in World War II, TV did when John Kennedy was killed, cable TV did during the first Gulf War and Twitter did in the Arab SpringWoorden van Al Tompkins, geciteerd bij CNN
Political anger or fear is emotionally compelling, and such reactions are validated because viewers and listeners have great trust in the hosts of the programs they select. Making your blood boil is a key to getting you to come back to the next day’s program for more. It’s a brilliant business strategy.Geschreven door Jeffrey M. Berry. Gelezen bij Vox
So over time, we (the media) built up scale in digital to replace user value. We thought we could solve with numbers (the new, seemingly infinite numbers the internet and social media provides) what we couldn’t solve with attention. And with every new set of eyeballs (or clicks, or views) we added, we diminished the merit of what we made. And advertisers asked for more, because those eyes were worth less. And we made more. And it was less valuable.Geschreven door Joshua Topolsky. Gelezen op zijn Medium
From the algorithm’s perspective, the Answers in Genesis page is the optimal result for our particular search. First of all, its headline, “What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?” differs by only one word from the search terms. Not to mention, a plurality of Americans believe in creationism, as Gallup polls have found consistently since 1982, so it’s bound to be a popular option.Gelezen in een (vanuit zowel filosofisch als technisch oogpunt bekeken) zeer interessant artikel bij Quartz
Many people conscious of their weight know it’s not a good idea to eat a doughnut every day, and if given a choice would not prefer that someone come into the workplace every morning with twelve Krispy Kremes. But if a misguidedly generous worker did just that, the temptation to pluck one of those jelly-filled delights might overrule discretion. It’s not that you want the doughnut—you aren’t clamoring for one, and you won’t miss that sugar bomb if it’s not in front of your face. But once that delicacy is in front of you…oh, what the hell!Gelezen in een interessant artikel over het klikgedrag van echte mensen (in tegenstelling tot de mensen die ze hopen te zijn). Geschreven door Steven Levy
“at news organisations the central organising principle is usually to produce something with social impact first ahead of utility or profit”. That’s not to say that news organisations always execute particularly well on that promise or that the cultural impact is always beneficial. But the fact is that doing the job well usually means that journalists end up being ostracised or imprisoned rather than ringing the opening bell at the New York stock exchange.Geschreven door Emily Bell, gelezen bij The Guardian.
(…) web traffic now produces revenue. (…) After all, a web tracker doesn’t discriminate between clicks resulting from genuine interest and clicks resulting from outrage or offence, as the Daily Mail know all too well. Money you con out of someone can still be used to buy groceries, at the end of the day.Gelezen bij via theguardian.com in het kader van de Emma Watson naaktfotohoax. Toepasbaar op wel meer vormen van clickbait en content shizzle.