Granny’s Thirty-Second Pearl

Pearls of wisdom from an octogenarian who’s seen it all

Click-Bait News Headlines

Nothing new with this.

I recall the local paper decades ago trying to boost its sales by declaring ‘Rape Up Fifty Percent Countywide’ and then presenting its readers with an analysis of field usage as more farmers were switching to growing oilseed rape.

It gave us all a giggle in those non-PC days.

Today in otherwise quite reliable newspapers or online newsfeeds, I see headlines like ‘Planet-Killing Asteroid heading for Earth’ or ‘Robocop Police Now on the Streets’ then I read them to find that the asteroid is heading towards us but going to miss by the astronomical equivalent of a country mile and the police robot is simply a glorified smart speaker on wheels there to give advice to tourists.

My advice is if a headline sounds like it’s meant to overexcite, ignore it. If the news in it matters you can be sure you will get to hear it very soon anyway and I don’t know about you, but I have have much better things to do with my day than reading non-news dressed up to look like it matters.

Perhaps if we all ignore it they will stop doing it…

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