Originally Posted by thirti4thirty
I decided to click on the article just because I needed to make sure the article was about the baby called prince George throwing anything. And yes, it was! Complete with interviews of the parents of the "victim" giving you a detailed account of the headline-worthy EVENT!!
But you not only did click on the article, you also passed along the story (in a highly populated internet forum, no less) and that's why the gossip journalists will continue to have jobs. Like it or not, you got pulled into the vicious gossip cycle.
A high percentage of people who read this will feel compelled (I'm fighting the urge myself) to click on and read the story "just to check" that the story actually is exactly as un-newsworthy as the title siggests. Then they'll post here, and continue to discuss it.
Aaaagh, I got sucked in too, because even having NOT read it, I'm discussing it, which will draw in more people to go read the article.
The gossip journalists got exactly what they wanted from you (and from me, even though I didn't even read the d$%&@ article) - an emotional response that you felt compelled to pass along and comment upon.
They will continue to have job security until no one clicks on any of the gossip articles, regardless of the content, fascinating or truly scandalous or mundane... and until no ome even comments on the titles of their articles either.
They do not need readers who are deeply interested in the actual gossip, they only need readers who will click "just to make sure" the topic really is as boring as it seems.