A blog about politics and civil discourse, parenting, and everyday life. I know, right? Because all those things naturally bundle themselves together. Like, "Why wouldn't you buy an engagement ring while you're picking up a George Foreman grill and tube socks?"
1. Posts like “Top 7 superfoods” or “Ten things that will
kill your child that you might not know about” tend to get much more hits than
more moderately titled posts that don’t involve counting. Why do we find
pedantic listing so compelling?
2.How much do the short attention spans and proclivity for
counting impact the creation and consumption of truly exceptional content? Is
the modern day Charles Dickens sitting at his Mac Book scouring the web for
alarming yet shareable images to go with his post entitled “Eleven shocking
facts about London street
urchins?” How many threats to call social services would have been left in
Sylvia Plath’s comment section?
3. When we’re not busy listing and counting, often times
we’re sensationalizing through bright lights and gimmicks as well as a
hyper-focus on the emotional. Sure, there’s your traditional who, what, when,
where, and why’s, but there’s also the ever popular how do you feel?
A bunch of people were shot? Hey survivors: how do you feel?
(Spoiler alert: they feel pretty awful.) Post-housing market collapse America is in
an extended recession. Hey unemployed people and folks who lost their homes: how
do you feel? (Hint: neither of those things feel great.)
Sure we could be writing and reading about the overall
demographic impact, the nuts and bolts of exactly what happened and how, and
the probable underlying causes along with the critiques and potential
preventative measures they suggest. But mainly we’re going to spend a lot of
time consuming in depth depictions of how sad that one guy must feel. Wouldn’t
it be great if a heart wrenching personal interview about living with addiction
to emotional porn went viral?
4. What did people do with their time pre-Internet? Was it
personal betterment, community support, and intellectual growth? Or was it just
gossiping about the neighborhood’s very own version of Snooki and yelling about
football to not-Twitter? To what extent does the internet aggregate stuff we would
5. Posts that come as part of a series tend to do well. Is
that to do with our love of cliff hangers?
STAY TUNED: This will be continued in a series of
incredibly short posts that mold creativity to suit share-ability. I’ll bare my
soul about my personal experience in list form and include a Vlog of me crying.