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How Huffington Post's Clever Traffic-Generation Machine Works

Scott McGuire I really hope it stops working (165 comments)

Headlines like that, and whole articles too, on Huffington Post and other sites have a kind of breathless, plastic insincerity that I find grating. They are like products designed by committee guided entirely by focus groups. I hope it only works at driving traffic to them now because the web is still new enough to enough of the public that the culture hasn't evolved defenses against this kind of manipulation. I'm imagining some earlier days of advertising where "9 out of 10 doctors agree ... " could make people think "Well, I'd better change toothpaste right now!" and I hope the Huffington Post style of writing will soon sound just as lame.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Creating a "Personal" Linux Distribution?

Scott McGuire Bootdisk HOWTO (84 comments)

I have/had similar plans, though I still haven't gotten around to it. I planned on starting with the bootdisk HOWTO from the Linux Documentation Project.

more than 15 years ago

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