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From: TimF9/19/2016 2:36:28 PM
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The 21st Century's Worst Media Trend (So Far)
September 14, 2016

It's not downsizing, or bias, or general shallowness (though those are all contenders).

It's the click bait top 10 list, which requires 10+ clicks to see what could be shown in a table taking about 2 column-inches of space.

Here is a particularly irritating example, as it was a topic I was interested in. Here is a taste of the article:
To measure the states that are most attractive to Americans on the move, we developed an “attraction” ratio that measures the number of domestic in-migrants per 100 out-migrants. A state that has a rating of 100 would be perfectly balanced between those leaving and coming.

Overall, the biggest winner — both in absolute numbers and in our ranking — is Texas. In 2014 the Lone Star State posted a remarkable 156 attraction ratio, gaining 229,000 more migrants than it lost, roughly twice as many as went to No. 3 Florida, which clocked an impressive 126.7 attraction ratio.

Most of the top gainers of domestic migrants are low-tax, low-regulation states, including No. 2 South Carolina, with an attraction ratio of 127.3, as well as No. 5 North Dakota, and No. 7 Nevada. These states generally have lower housing costs than the states losing the most migrants.
So what would you expect to see next? A nice graphic -- a bar chart perhaps but at least a color-coded map -- showing the data for all 50 states. But no, we can't have that. All we get is this clicky thing -- the same technology used by web sites to show the "you won't believe what these 10 child actors look like today" results. 20+ page views to see 20% of the data.

Tags: Lone Star State, North Dakota, South Carolina
Category: Media and the Press | Comment ( RSS) ToddF

You could make a case that auto-refresh is a worse trend. The Drudge Report reloads about every 10 seconds, now, followed by a self serving headline about a new record for page views.

Another bad trend is the fact that sites are using more and more resources with javascript, flash, silverlight, etc.. This is esp. bad if your browsing on a slow PC.

Also I wish more web pages would use regular links, that you can right click and open in a new tab or copy the url etc., rather then javascript links.
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