Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Law Of Headlines...

Did you know there have been several studies about this law? Basically, it says that you can bet that headlines can be nothing more than a way to draw you in, but we already know that...right?

It is really a little more complex than that, so let me see if this article explains it better.

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Law: Betteridge’s law of headlines

Betteridge’s law—sometimes referred to as Davis’s law, or the “journalistic principle” from Murphy’s law—states that “any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” The adage, named after British tech journalist Ian Betteridge (though he wasn’t the first to make note of it), displays a cynicism over headlines that attempt to lure readers into an often outlandish and unproven story. Headlines like “will the world end tomorrow?” and “have scientists cured cancer?” are pretty obviously answered in the negative.

The next time you run across a newspaper headline that asks a question (more specifically, a yes-or-no question), try to answer “no.” Most often, you’ll find that you’re right—Betteridge’s law makes note of the fact that this type of headline is a lazy, sometimes fear-mongering way of drawing a reader in.

I got this article from Listverse, where they have some other strange Laws you can rean about. Pretty interesting stuff!

Coffee in the kitchen this morning, if that's alright.

7 comments:

Chickenmom said...

Do all newspapers and TV news tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

JO said...

Finding lots of this on the internet these days. So I just don't even bother with it. It will show the thing your interested in and then never find it.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Sadly, no. We hear a lot today about false news, so it must be a bigger problem than we ever thought.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Jo...
Yeah...the internet is loaded with false news now days. Hard to find a good reliable news source online.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!


Rob said...

Speaking of headlines, I really miss Jay Leno....

Dizzy-Dick said...

Those headlines are false advertising, but they do draw people in. I guess they figure you got to get their attention before they will read your article. Does that work with blog titles???

Robrt said...

nice post

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
No one did the headlines like Leno!
Thanks for coming by today!


Hey Dizzy...
Guess the drawing folks in was the whole point.
Thanks for the visit today!


Hey Robrt...
Thanks, I appreciate that!
Thanks for stopping by today!