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The evil side of Internet Journalism with pay per impression ads

  • Jan 30, 2010
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Read a bit of this piece of trash who's head line reads,"Kobe blurb in Nike ads alludes to gun 'chamber'." I thought he might be dissing Gilbert Arenas who earlier in the week got suspended for being an idiot (he brought guns into his place of employment and gave the case to someone else to put in his car, but they just left it somewhere... he brought the guns as a joke--yes an idiotic move especially since the NBA is ultra PC and gun violence with the youth in Washington DC has been a problem...  ). But, it was about how an ad quoted Kobe Bryant as saying he leaves "nothing in the chamber." I get it. Kobe shoots a lot of shots and isn't afraid to take the tough ones... It had nothing to with Gilbert Arenas, but you'll see lots of references and quotes about that other story. It's probably trying to lead people that were duped into clicking this story into the public wet noodle lashing of Mr. Arenas that is going on at the time of this article.

I wanted to criticize the NBA, ESPN, and the AP for distributing such a worthless story. Thousands of dollars will be made on all the ads that are shown along with that article. It has quotes by pretentious people that seem to speak down on how normal people speak to each other.The writers and distributors of this article need to be criticized and their journalistic integrity need to be questioned. I'm guessing they knew it would cause a click stream. It's not just ESPN that does it. I've seen links appear in google news that goes to Forbes, Wall Street Journal, my local newspapers on other topics that misdirect me to click on their head lines. It's a waste of my time. There's plenty of good articles that I read today, but this experience made me feel annoyed.

Disregarding the stupidity of the whole Gilbert Arenas thing... I wanted to write a little rant about how click driven journalism can waste my time. Look how long that article is. It tries to make a story from nothing. How many times have we seen quotes in sports journalism about 'throwing a bomb' or 'taking someone's heart out', or even 'shooting'! How come it's never been an issue before? Remember the Washington Wizards used to be called the Bullets. They changed their name because the team was never known to be consistently fast, Washington DC had problems with gun crime, and because Bullets players were made fun of as being smaller or female versions of the Bulls.

I've read the book on Nonviolent Communication. It's a good read. It's good to be aware of how we use language. Especially since American pop culture can reference violent words ad nausem. But that wasn't the point of this article; it wasn't an editorial about violent language--it was rather meaningless. This was written to try to play the audience and make something more than it is--stupid. My personal opinion is that it's OK to use language how ever you want. But if we want to be a less violent society we need to put our attention on our globally growing Militarism and it's associated financial backing (in the trillions and growing every year) before we make an issue out of this Kobe Bryant ad.

I would have clicked and read the same amount of articles today, since Saturday morning is my catch up on news time, but I would have rather clicked on something more interesting.

I'll end noting that the integrity and writing skills of journalists especially sports journalists need to improve. I used to love reading about the different personalities and different strategies playout and such, but I don't see that anymore.

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January 31, 2010
Interesting review on a somewhat controversial topic.  I really hate it when journalists sensationalize "stories", making "something" out of nothing.  Slow news day, perhaps?  Since you brought up Gilbert Arenas, I thought you might be interested in @coldsteel7's review of the Gilbert Arenas incident.  Thanks for sharing this review, Supun!
January 30, 2010
For some more interesting sports writing (I'm not sure journalism is the right word), try Bill Simmons or Rick Reilly. If you like interesting conversations about sports, some of the dialog between Malcolm Gladwell (author of blink) and Bill Simmons is fantastic. I review it here: http://www.lunch.com/reviews/UserReview-Bill...of_sports_analysis.html One of the 3 written conversations is here (starts off weak, ends extremely strong) 
January 30, 2010
Nice take. Glad you "pulled the trigger" on this "piece." Hoping for language with nonviolent communication is probably a "long-shot." I think I've "spent" my puns, so I will "reload" when I get a chance. I hate to fire blanks. Interesting take on click journalism...I hate when I get duped like that.
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Journalism is the craft of conveying news, descriptive material and opinion via a widening spectrum of media. These include newspapers, magazines, radio and television, the internet and even, more recently, the mobile phone. Journalists—be they writers, editors or photographers; broadcast presenters or producers—serve as the chief purveyors of information and opinion in contemporary mass society. According to the BBC journalist, Andrew Marr, "News is what the consensus of journalists determines it to be."

From informal beginnings in the Europe of the 18th century, stimulated by the arrival of mechanized printing—in due course by mass production and in the 20th century by electronic communications technology—today's engines of journalistic enterprise include large corporations with global reach.

The formal status of journalism has varied historically and, still varies vastly, from country to country. The modern state and hierarchical power structures in general have tended to see the unrestricted flow of information as a potential threat, and inimical to their own proper function. Hitler described the Press as a "machine for mass instruction," ideally, a "kind of school for adults."  Journalism at its most vigorous, by contrast, tends to be propelled by the implications at least of the attitude epitomized by the Australian journalist John Pilger: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push ...

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