Upworthy and Terrible Headlines

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at http://steve-lovelace.com.

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  1. Drew Reed says:

    Well put. I heard someone at Upworthy defend the site by saying that “McDonalds uses these techniques to get people to eat their burgers, so why can’t we use them for good?” I have to give Upworthy credit for being marginally better than McDonalds, but tricking people into clicking on high-minded content is still tricking people.

  1. April 8, 2014

    […] There are plenty of bad things going on in the world right now. Climate change, brutal dictatorships, endless wars, Nigel Farage, and so on. Faced with all that, it seems incredibly churlish to get worked up about sites using Upworthy-style headlines to get attention. But it is annoying! Massively so. Im not the first person to say this; its an increasingly common complaint. […]

  2. August 9, 2014

    […] Clickbait stories can vary from tabloidy stories on BuzzFeed to reposted YouTube videos on Upworthy to genuine spam sites and attack sites. I don’t know what we can do to reduce these kinds of […]

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