Original Air Date: February 3, 2018
A Clickbait Hat Trick
In this episode, Beth and Kelly discuss the rise of clickbait - and why so many legitimate news outlets rely on it for revenue. Beth also discovers the nefarious underbelly of online face creams. (Hint - It's a scam!)
Everyone has fallen for it at one point or another, so it's nothing to be ashamed of.
Beth's Jam of the Week, Debaser by The Pixies
Beth discovered Debaser was written as an ode to the 1929 art film, Un Chien Andelou by Salvador Dali and Luis Bunel. The song even has it's own Wikipedia page.
Clickbait can make even legitimate news sources look untrustworthy - literally debasing the facts they are there to impart to their audiences. Clickbait, you're the real Debaser!
Kelly's "Not Lies" of the Week, The Princess Diarist by the much beloved, and very much missed, Carrie Fisher - Winner of the 2018 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.
Carrie Fisher was most famous for her role as Princess Leia, but many readers loved her best for her funny, insightful and honest testimony of her struggles with mental illness, drug abuse and growing up in Hollywood. The Princess Diarist audiobook, read by Fisher, is a personal look back at her life when filming Star Wars along with insight from the older, and incredibly wiser, Carrie. Her talents and her sarcasm are truly missed in todays world.
“The crew was mostly men. That's how it was and that's pretty much how it still is. It's a man's world & show business is a man's meal with women generously sprinkled through it like over-qualified spice.”
We began our discussion by focusing in on why clickbait even exists.
We know that news sources have always used a form a clickbait -
tabloid news was around long before the internet, right?
Online news can't rely solely on readers subscriptions - so we talk about how they generate revenue. There's a sports analogy and everything!
Next, we learn how Beth discovered a conspiracy about face cream involving Sen Hannity, Joel Osteen and the murder of Seth Rich - and Kelly threatens to buy her some fancy red string for her conspiracy board.
How do scams like this keep going? The best protection you have against them is obviously listening to this podcast (tell your friends!)
What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong
Social media companies should ditch clickbait, and compete over trustworthiness
There's a Simple Reason for All Those Taboola and Outbrain Links
Seth Rich Murder Conspiracy Is Being Used to Sell Face Cream
Fake Celebrity Skin Care Ads Dupe Consumers with ‘Free Trial’ Offers
Follow Beth down the rabbit hole of online face cream sales:
The Prosper Group
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Until next time friends, please remember: Spread jam, not lies.
Spread jam, not lies.