More Drama Means More Pageviews, And More Pageviews Means Higher Advertising Rates.

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on December 15, 2011

in Blogging,Observations,The Internets

I wish it didn’t, and I know it’s a choice, but drama is entertaining to see unfold.

It’s a personal decision I have to make every day to not let the negative energy of drama enter my consciousness. I often give in and peek at the latest butthurt or check out the gossip. Yes, I even participate at times, giving my own opinion on a discussion.

I don’t think of me being a better person. I just never make personal attacks on people in public forums. Ever. I never tell someone that their idea is stupid or what they’re doing means they don’t love their baby. Calling someone out as a terrible mother or outing them as a liar is just not something I do.

Many times I think these things in my Neanderthal brain, but I keep it to myself (or gossip with close friends). Making a public spectacle of my negativity will do no one any good.

It’s more about the people who make it a point in leaving their comments to out-right disagree in a hurtful way. To say, “Lame article,” then follow up with a diatribe ending their comment by writing that the author is “blog(ing) things just to make themselves feel better…” really has no place in a forum for adult people. It is NOT OK to make the comment, “That kid is seriously NOT cute. Ugh.”

Yes, I love seeing conversation with disagreements. Not everyone is exactly the same with exactly the same opinions, which, Awesome. But it takes a mature person to be able to share their disagreement in a way that doesn’t insult the author of the article or post.

Reading the comments left on news articles and news blog posts should make you feel worse about the future of humanity.

But how does this stop? How does the perpetuation of negativity and the expectation of drama end?

The publishers of the websites end it. By letting the readers, commenters, and writers know that it’s not allowed and it won’t be tolerated. Negative comments for the sake of being negative can be deleted.

I realize it’s a slippery slope. People have the right to say what they want to say. But the publishers of websites have a right to allow the negativity to appear on their site. Many blogs and discussion boards have disclaimers that hurtful comments will be deleted, but many don’t abide by their own rules.

I would like to see more publishers disallowing blatant insults. I’d like to visit a site, read an article, and possibly participate in a discussion, knowing I was in a safe place where my voice wouldn’t be insulted.

Time.com released their list of 50 Best Websites, and at the top of their Family & Kids list is CafeMom. Described as a place for “conversation, advice, friendship and entertainment,” the site is more than just those things to me. I’ve seen more negativity from participants in the discussion forums and blog comments than I feel should be allowed by a site that is ranked so favorably by a reputable magazine like Time. The “conversation” I’ve seen is, more often than not, argumentative, negative, and mean. There are always exceptions in some of the sections of the site, but from what I’ve seen, the negative overtakes the positive.

I have several good friends who are writers for Babble.com blogs, and I’ve seen more than several times that they have comments left on their posts that are down-right cruel. This atmosphere does not allow for fostering creative writing; it fosters more pageviews.

Unfortunately, more drama means more pageviews, and more pageviews means higher advertising rates.

Let’s realize that even though we may be sitting behind a screen where we can’t be looked in the eye when we write what we write, our words impact the reader as though they are being spoken to directly.

I’d like to see more publishers realize that the allowed negativity perpetuating on their hard work, their sites, their hard-earned living, keeps more people away than are currently reading.

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1 Kathleen December 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Word.

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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] December 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Up.

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3 JustinRHoffman December 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

It’s why terrible reality television is successful (and also why I keep Facebook friends who are total burnouts, I like to claim watching the drama unfold is okay because it just shows up in my news feed).

This comment is coming off as a little boring and lackluster, so this is the part where I’m going to burst into tears and throw a vase at you.
An Awesome post on JustinRHoffman´s blog … Somebody Drove a Car Into My Bar

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4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] December 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I love me some reality TV, but I feel bad watching it. Does that count?

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5 Angie Uncovered December 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I wholeheartedly agree. Negativity stands when no one cares enough to put an end to it. Freedom of speech/expression is for your own thoughts and is not a vehicle to infringe on the rights of others.
An Awesome post on Angie Uncovered´s blog … Blog Swap! Becca Takes Over

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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] December 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Right on.

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7 TeAm December 16, 2011 at 4:10 am

He..he.. I am like action triler :D
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8 Clash March 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm

You’re going to put every photographer who posts and leeinscs their images via their own website and/or stock agencies out of business. Sharing my full-sized images with others and allowing them to bypass my site or the site of my agency where these images can be licensed and go directly to the original source images violates my copyright and encourages stealing. All someone has to do is right click to download my image – something that is disabled on my site. And where’s the metadata you claim to be displaying? You’re displaying my images at 900 pixels, a license which costs anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars for one-time use of the image. You are supposed to be a search engine not a content provider – and you do not have the right to share my actual content so that your visitors may bypass my site.Since you are the world’s largest search engine, those of us who make all of part of our living via the internet must rely on google so those searching for what we offer can find our sites. If I disable your bot I’m sunk. but if people get my images from you rather than via my site or one of my agents, I’m sunk too. Displaying a thumbnail is permissible, displaying a 900 pixel image which you have not licensed is not. If someone wants to see a full-sized image of my work, they should be viewing it on my site, not on google.All of my images have my copyright information embedded in the metadata. Yet the information provided by google states that the photo may be copyrighted – so much for giving webmasters the metadata they need to source images.I’m beyond disappointed.

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9 SubWow December 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

Thank you for this! I feel the same way about that website even though some of my fav bloggers write for it. To me it is a pot stirrer somehow attracting ppl who are not familiar w how the blogging community operates and have very little sense of humor. I’ve seen ppl getting upset because they couldn’t tell that the piece was meant to be sarcastic or funny.

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