I missed the Reddit boat. What is that monstrosity of a website? How is it legal? My most horrifying thought ever, “What common quality in human beings makes Reddit popular?”
Internet, the great democracy, is exactly in the state of omnishambles that the greatest democracy ever (USA) and the biggest democracy (India) embody today. I attribute the state of omnishambles to the “contributors”, “Around the web” articles and trash content that even an admirable publication like The Guardian allow on their website. And so we have friends who share articles about the miracle anti-aging treatment that angered that woman’s plastic surgeon.
You probably spent 2 hours this week reading these websites. This includes time reading them on your handheld device in queues, public transport, red light, on the morning throne, all of it. O, you would share more of those, but you already know they should not be read by people with any sort of role in society!
For this discussion, we will use the one true umbrella under which these culprit publishers seem to fall, “click-baiters”. Why are click-baiters so despicable?
- Click-baiters make you think that their shallow content is important to your existence.
For eg., Jezebel, the ‘angry young woman’ blog that rightfully gained attention for their clear moral conscience and upright values around feminism. Today, “contributors”, “forums”, “platforms” and parent Gawker have completely hijacked the “online estrogen revolution” to target women with pulp they couldn’t sell elsewhere.
The current Jezebel is a caricature of itself.
- Click-baiters make you feel cool
So your friends re-posted a web-link you shared. You can choose to change your definition of cool by raising your standards in everything you do, including social sharing. If you have to block it from work, it is not worth your time, believe me. Sexual content and tips you find online will only make you an awkward, odd lover. Just go back to the bedroom and reconnect with your flesh-and-bones lover. Yes, really. Also, cilantro will not cure your cancer. Also, it is not cool for a publication to post a titillating image of a woman as the thumbnail for an article against rape.
- Click-baiters make you think that you are actually a reader.
You want to keep up with contemporary culture, I get it. Yes, please read newspapers. Daily Mirror does not count. Huffington Post might make for good entertainment for some folks who, I’m pretty sure, aren’t readers.
- Click-baiters make you think that you can be happier.
You have probably reached the point where you know many things in theory (me too), but are squandering your time reading how to be even better, even sexier, even happier. If you want to be happy, meditate, slow down and forget the electronic screen. Yes, that might be all it takes. A television screen is also an electronic screen. Give a chance for those brain cells to come up with their own ideas. Your ideas, your own thoughts, what a concept!
- Click-baiters make you addicted to juicy titbits.
Life in the real world is not a thrill-a-minute ride. Lazy, languorous moments are an indulgence that only the most evolved societies hold up as sacred. I must praise Calcutta, for having engrained a constant question in me.-Is there any part of this moment that I have not relished? Typically, human beings in any assembly connect at the basest of common denominators, just look at the print industry! You like thrills? Try Edge.org. It will blow your mind. Unless you love Reddit.
- Click-baiters make you jaded.
I have been feeling lately that there was surely a time when I wrote forty words about some financially poor person who said something that a ‘normal’ person, with Internet access, would not utter. I have been feeling this, of course, because I notice it more when others make this mistake, and that is pretty often these days. We have become mean, jaded people. Sad.
- Click-baiters make you write badly.
Many of us, especially in America, write and talk as if we read and write English as a side-effect of flashes of lightning hitting our heads, not from years of reading and composition. Click-baiters are able to impress and target us with their lazy, rhyming, NSFW headlines on which our very identities seem to pivot. Once more, those ideas and concepts on which our very identities pivot, can be found at Edge.org and The NewYorker in a very accessible and non-pompous format.
- Click-baiters make you look away from the real and the amazing.
You probably just read a headline about maternal mortality in America (O yes, likely worse than Rwanda!) yesterday, but forgot all about it, because, in the next minute, you read about how everybody is scandalized by Rihanna’s transparent dress or any other celebrity’s outfits. First of all, they are very hard working artists. How come you didn’t know that Rihanna has her own foundation for terminally ill children, as well as supports about 23 other organizations? Look it up! It can’t be said enough. They make you look away from injustice, save for the few seconds it took you to “like” and share some story about savage Indian men or misogynistic US frat boys. Please, at least read articles before you share them.
- Click-baiters add clutter.
So if you keep sharing their bogus articles, I will unfriend you.