Let Me Rant

Let's be truthful


So you pick up your phone? You're scrolling through news stories. You click on a title that seems interesting to you and after reading a couple of sentences or maybe even a paragraph, it becomes evident, there's really nothing here of any value, (known as a nothing burger) where you could have lived the rest of your life or at least the next 10 minutes, and had you never started reading this bread sandwich, you would have been better off to just stay within your own thoughts contemplating your next move in life, reviewing the previous days missed opportunities or why do I like red cars.


This present business model in journalism of quantity over quality really does no one any good. Just think of how the content creators must feel at the end of the day, knowing they spent a whole day on an article just to make a quota, knowing it's not heartfelt, and now they have to change the title to something that sounds interesting enough to click and read; we have clickbait


Anyway, should you actually make it to the end of your article, you will see the infectious advertisements riddled with viruses (still weird how use medical terms to describe computer issues in 2022) but who would really click on these.


The point is we all continue to do this and after an hour of, ya-know catching up on the day, we put the phone down and realize I just wasted an hour on the excepted journalism of today that has plagued the modern mobile scene.


I think in Google's news feed there should several 1-10 rating star bars. Like Well written, Value received, Humorous content, Meaningful content, and Comments. Bored Panda is getting the comments thing right (well it's mostly comments) Perhaps one of the most important rating star bars is what Google tries to do with algorithm (title re-write) this has been needed for quite some time, and is designed to eliminate or at least cut back on click-bait titles.

If the netizens could simply vote an article up or down like Medium does, we could free up billions of un-purposeful pixels arranged to steal our time, and possibly even save a digital tree.