Radio Citrus #21: You won’t believe 8 ways clickbait manipulates you

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If you’ve done any online surfing in Canada or the United States, you know that the amount of time you waste can be outrageous. So we recently asked members of the Radio Citrus Community to tell us their best-kept secrets for saving time online.

  1. Don’t click on the clickbait, you fool.
  2. Don’t click on the clickbait, you fool.
  3. Don’t click on the clickbait, you fool.
  4. Don’t click on the clickbait, you fool.
  5. Don’t click on the clickbait, you fool.
  6. Don’t click on the clickbait, you fool.
  7. Don’t click on the clickbait, you fool.
  8. Don’t click on the clickbait, you fool.

Join Toby, Cleaver, and I as we explore some of the most outrageous click bait headlines a 30-second Google search could help us find. Discover the godfather of clickbait, who originated over five centuries ago — a man so committed to the art of trolling, he lost his job over it — but became a viral hit across Europe.

An unaltered photo of Zoe Quinn leaving Kotaku Magazine with her boyfriend in Marine One.
An unaltered photo of Zoe Quinn leaving Kotaku Magazine with her boyfriend in Marine One.

Gamergate and Kotaku in Action

I don’t game much. Except for that one time I played Mass Effect and got to the end and found EA chopped the ending off in the name of budget cuts. That’s a year of my life gone (I’m slow at beating levels).

Anyway, Cleaver and Toby explain to me the significance of “Gamergate” and the “Kotaku in Action” reaction it provoked across reddit and the nerdier parts of the internet.

Could a gaming controversy lead to better political journalism in 25 years? We explain how linking the two together may not be the craziest idea ever.

Nothing screams cutting edge like embracing 100-year-old technology
Nothing screams cutting edge like embracing 100-year-old technology

Apple’s New “Beats One”

Because it wasn’t enough to make Dr. Dre a billionaire.

Apple has run out of ideas. So they are stealing 50-plus-year-old ideas and rebranding them as their own. Their latest? Adding DJs to introduce songs on your iPhone via Beats Music.

And best of all … it’s on air 24 hours a day!  Because nobody else does that.