I try to avoid listening to Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and the rest of the people who make a living by dishing up hot plates of outrage to primed listeners. I have myself been given the job of drudging … er, I mean dredging … up scandals and political intrigues in order to interest my readers, whoever they may be. And I try to do this with some shred of conscience. There are plenty of things I could bring before you, complete with sensational headline, that would probably woo click-throughs from you more effectively than the drivel I’m usually on about.
I know this for a fact. I see how my articles do on this site. If I write a long, well-researched article that requires any effort or consideration, I will have very few readers and comments, and what comments there are will not generally stray far from what could be gleaned from the headline. I understand this.
But if I’m addled from blunt force trauma (long story), delirious from lack of sleep, or in a special hurry because of the circumstances of my life, that’s when my articles perform really well. Tons of comments, lots of shares, you know, that sort of thing. I’m not saying most readers long for sensation more than substance, have the attention spans of small hyper-active children and the intellectual capacities of pickled herring… No, I would never say that. I would also never be sarcastic either.
I understand where Ann Coulter is coming from. Clickthroughs and page views means Google Ad money. And controversy gets more clicks than discourse. So does Ann Coulter actually try to come up with inflammatory news in order to boost readership, or does she have such a large number of readers because she simply is and has always been inflammatory? I don’t know. It probably doesn’t matter.
But her latest diatribe against soccer is just stupid. Like mind-numbingly stupid and ill-informed. If there is any sincere critique in it, it is the typical strain at a gnat swallow a camel approach that has made conservatives at the same time so irritating and so ineffective.
And I don’t recommend you read Coulter’s article. Instead, read this guy’s take on it. It’s more entertaining, it will give you the gist of what Coulter was saying anyway, and it won’t contribute to her page views. Peace out.