Headlines and article titles. Do they dictate content or reflect it.
Assume each one of us is a drop of water
Article Titles and lead ins are getting fraudulent.
Titles of informational pieces should give us a clue as to content. Titles and then the first paragraphs stuffed with keywords that are in the title are common. But what is also common is the second paragraph that states something outrageous and the rest of the article is just bogus.
It is my premise that it is a massive fraud being perpetrated through the internet. It is all about page views baby!
In simple terms most fraud is an intentional misrepresentation made for the purpose of getting you to act to your detriment for the benefit of the misrepresentor. Pretty simple really.
Well the public's time is valuable to them. Giving time up to do something is detrimental. Getting people to visit a page based on a false title or headline benefits the advertisers on that page. When the tag line has nothing to do with the content of the article that is a fraud.
This is happening millions of times a day. And making publishers and advertisers millions.
Can I believe in what you say, is the absolute truth.
Decency is lost on the internet
But it can still reside in you!
Some people pay absolutely no mind to if what they do is right or wrong. Some people just work away and do whatever it takes to make a buck. Most writers are really no different -- or are they? Or should they be?
We have to, at some point in our lives make a big decision and stick to it. That decision is whether or not to lead a moral life or just one for profit.
A man hears that arsenic is in his water. He looks it up and finds your article with a header saying "arsenic is the silent killer". He reads it. And your article does not really say that. But does lay out the dangers of arsenic poisoning to a large degree. So he stops drinking water and gets very ill because of dehydration and resulting damage.
Now most of us know that arsenic in very small trace amounts is all around us. It is not toxic or poisonous in these amounts. Yes you are not liable for the man's illness. But are you responsible?
I say you are. And I hope you made your 5 cents off of his visit to your page.
Is there arsenic in this rose.
Just like arsenic small amount of mislabeling will not kill us.
But I suggest it has gotten to toxic labels on the net.
Are you part of the poisoning of our society. Do you add to the confusions that cost millions of hours per day? Or are you part of a solution to self regulate what you write and how you write it?
I unfollow someone if I think they engage in this regularly and I steer away from sites that do it with ease.
I hope this article was on topic and brings some awareness to some people.