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Apr 12 midwaypete commented on SPONSORED CONTENT:.
I, for one, welcome our sponsored-content overlords.
Mar 23 midwaypete commented on What Is "Clickbait"?.
(Here's the second half of comment 15)
With that in mind, I think of clickbait as something that's designed to get a reaction. Something that is going to provoke clicks. It can be a misleading headline, or a headline that oversells the story (Upworthy), but it can also be a headline that is sensationalized to grab the attention of readers who would otherwise skip an article, even if the story is more or less in keeping with that headline.

The MFA story was a strong headline, designed to provoke, but I don't think it fits my understanding of clickbait. The Disney headline was sensationalized in order to capitalize on the current uproar over vaccines. That one did tip my "clickbait meter."
Mar 23 midwaypete commented on What Is "Clickbait"?.
Before I heard the term "clickbait," I was familiar with the term "(fill in the blank) bait." That is, a story that is likely to get a link and some commentary from a particular writer -- perhaps exclusively used when that writer has a significant online presence. For instance, a story about the arrest of a youth pastor on child porn charges is Savage-bait. A facial hair contest is Sully-bait. If there was a story about trees and race, it would be Mudede-bait.
Oct 21, 2014 midwaypete commented on Well, That Didn't Take Long: Mark Driscoll's Comeback Tour Began Last Night.
"in the church we are the only army that shoots at wounded."

It appears that the dude has not heard of politics. Or seen an episode of Ru Paul's Drag Race.
Sep 17, 2014 midwaypete commented on Photo of the Week: Name This Street Artist.
I immediately thought of "The Explosion," by Philip Larkin.
Aug 19, 2014 midwaypete commented on A Fascinating Look at One Amateur Geneticist in the Age of Google MDs.
Welcome back to the Slog. Hope you had fun on that beach.
Jun 23, 2014 midwaypete commented on Whenever Anyone Says They're Not Comparing Gay Marriage to Slavery....
It's sleight of hand, not slight of hand.
Mar 31, 2014 midwaypete commented on If You're Feeling Suicidal, Please Ask for Help.
Here's a nice radio piece with Hecht: http://www.onbeing.org/program/jennifer-…
Oct 11, 2013 midwaypete commented on Now How Long Do You Think the Shutdown Will Last?.
Maybe it's time for a retail shut down.