Earthquake Interrupts Sandra Bullock’s Yoga Class at iPad Event Featuring Miss USA and Cast of "Lost"
Caught your attention? Yes, this headline is a shameless attempt to grab readers who are searching these words at this very moment. The internet is a wealth of information so why is it that the most popular search terms seem built around natural disasters, celebrities and new gadgets? I was inspired to ask the question when I saw this image in the Sunday New York Times Magazine article, “Putting a price on words” by Andrew Rice.
The story goes on to interview several news site leaders about how they value their content. And, repeatedly they said the most popular articles had “sex, scandal or Sarah Palin” in the headlines. If people self-select their news, do they only consume what they like, not what they need? How many consumers read the details about the Greek economic meltdown versus campaigned to get Betty White to host Saturday Night Live? Is that like asking how many kids would actually choose the cut apples over the French fries at McDonalds? Is the next generation just more interested in lifestyle versus hard news?