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Mike Campo is....
Now, I know this Carvell guy works really hard; covering recruiting in this day and age isn't an easy task. And I don't pretend to know if he writes his own headlines or manages the Twitter account that pushes out his content. But it's clear that both the headlines and the Twitter updates are designed to grab eyes and garner clicks in masses. Does this practice irritate me? Absolutely.
But you know what? It works. Those AJC readers race each other to be "FIRST!" (btw...WTF?) and then clamor over each other's comments. They're lemmings that are eager to provide a desperate rag clicks and page views. And if it helps those guys pay the bills in an age when journalism continues to adjust to fewer and fewer print edition readers, can you really blame them?
My advice today is the same as it has been for years. If the practice irritates you as well, don't let the tail wag the Dawg.
You would think that today's reader would be more discerning. The AJC lands in 17th place in the top 100 dailies. USA today is number 1. I guess all those pie charts and color pics in a television screen format really work.
I blame Bobo.
I've tried to take your approach, Bernie. However, it's damn near impossible to stay away from forwarded links from Michael Carvell II and Raybun Towers on Twitter. Many "national" guys on Twitter use these guys as sources because of their close proximity and forward it as gospel. Between Chip's ESPN piece before the USCe game and daily headlines from Carvell I have long tired of the AJC and their slant and refrained from reading online. Living in the River City it's hard to get UGA news from an actual newspaper, guess I'll use great blogs like this to fill the void.
Not many AJC readers (or writers) can fit that word in their momma's basement.
I get ya. Personally, I like Weiszer and the ABH. And I use both free and premium content from a couple other sites for real news. Majority of what the AJC puts up nowadays has a TMZ/sleazy click taste to it.
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