Are absurd questions, being posed by a traffic-hungry media, killing all puppies?

Thank you for caring about the well-being of all puppies! Some experts have suggested that the absurd and loaded questions being posed every day by media outlets –blogs particularly– in order to increase their traffic, may eventually cause the death of all puppies.

We at Beware of Images have done our research and can tell you that such claims are false. That said, what these absurd questions do accomplish is tricking the audience into clicking a link, and thus helping monetize an often irrelevant article.

Another advantage of this technique is that it allows media outlets to feature outrageous headlines that, without a question mark, would simply be false. These headlines are usually inflammatory and polarizing, and they help perpetuate an increasingly dysfunctional media environment.

Besides its attention-grabbing purpose, this technique mitigates liability issues for the media outlet. No definitive statement is being made,  so you can’t really blame the outlet, can you? All they’re doing is asking a question. This evasive defense  is very useful for celebrity gossip reporters, as well as lazy journalists who don’t want to go through the trouble of verifying their sources.

For more on this, and many other media manipulation techniques, check out Ryan Holiday’s Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.

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4 comments on “Are absurd questions, being posed by a traffic-hungry media, killing all puppies?

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    • @Wax Fans Spammer

      Nice try at making your comment appear legitimate to promote your Wax Fans, but I’ve seen this same type of fake comment too often before. You should probably be aware that most comment systems these days use the rel=”nofollow” option on all external links found in comments, including your user webpage link there. This tells search engines not to index your link, therefore you’re just wasting your time with this cheap and lazy tactic. Nobody in their right mind should click such a sneaky link or buy a product from a seller using such a sleazy tactic.

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