The Verge published 'The internet is f*cked' and iMore published an article on how to stream porn to your iPhone. They are presumably pushing what they believe to be net boundaries despite the fact that these words and activities are perfectly normal for most people. Or are they trying to shock?
And then there are the blogs and news sites that deliberately mislead with the titles of their articles- exclusive, details inside etc etc. Promises of reviews that include no content and which are merely mentioning the product in a brief paragraph, not including links to the source or burying the link at the bottom or the article, poor design with little imagination and so on. The web, and in particular the tech web, is full of very large sites that are chasing traffic in any way they can with misleading titles, rumours they know are not true and the classic live blog from whatever event is the one of the moment.
Yes, yes, I am moaning again, but I feel as though the tech web has changed a lot over the past 2 years and not for the better. As mobile tech becomes a part of everyone's lives, the money from traffic grows and grows, and then we end up in a race to grab as much of that traffic as possible. Anyone with half a brain and a short history of reading tech sites will have noticed the change and I doubt many will say the overall quality is better. It is more corporate and so obvious in its intention to drive traffic that my list of bookmarked sites is now below ten.
I do not pretend to have a wonderful site here. It is the last of my writing priorities and is written when I have time, but I never chase traffic, I never mislead with article titles (except this one of course) and I always try to be true to myself.