Clickbait Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 8:53 am. PTWritten by Jim Dalrymple I love this new site. It takes some of the stupidest articles from the media and makes fun of them. gjgustav I’m really hoping for some backlash against these click bait articles. The problem is “regular” people see them and believe them. I’ll bet a lot of us recently had a friend or relative say to us “I hear Apple isn’t doing too well. They can’t innovate any more.” Dennis Madrid I hear things like that too. I’ve even heard people discussing iOS 7 and wanting to hold off switching since they hear “it’s not very good/fast/stable/etc.” I’ve had to explain how it’s not finished yet (still in beta) and that it’s not even available to non-developers. It’s amazing the kind of misinformation that gets spread around. (It’s also a testament to the popularity and appeal of Apple products that the high demand and desire for them has remained so strong) Moeskido What do you say to people who insist you shouldn’t criticize linkbait and rumors, simply because they enjoy reading that crap? gjgustav That has never happened. Moeskido It happened a lot on Shawn King’s Stupid Apple Rumors site project. Commenters — not just the writers of trash articles — actually complained that Shawn was being too harsh by demanding facts instead of unsupported speculation and gossip. gjgustav I should have said, “never happened to me.” But still, they have no leg to stand on. When a so-called legitimate news organization presents rumors, falsehoods, and half-truths as complete facts, they deserve to be called on it. If people disagree, too bad for them. His Shadow It’s a given that the proprietor of that website will be deluged with two things: complaints regarding whose ox has been gored, and submissions by people who think it’s clickbait when a title contains news, numbers or entities the submitter dislikes.