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Made you click, didn’t I. That’s what you call “click bait,” my friends. And it has permeated our culture like the tendrils of fungus growing across that forgotten box of kung pao chicken in the back of your refrigerator.

Here are some other examples:

From the Huffington Post:

Rand Paul Flees in Terror From Mexican Immigrant”

From Gawker:

Game of Thrones Actor Gets Stabbed in Bar Fight, Orders Another Drink”

From BuzzFeed:

“The 10 Friends We All Definitely Have”

From TMZ:

Only True Pros Can Golf Off My Penis!!”

Since I only have about another ten seconds before you click on the next tawdry headline, let me tell you a secret: I can make you a superhero.

WordGirlWordGirl Superhero Training, PBS Kids, Google Play

Still with me? Okay, so here’s the deal:

Step No. 1:      STOP READING THAT SHIT!

Step No. 2:      Watch The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper tell us like it is, in brilliant fashion:

The Daily Show Teaches Students About Online ClickBait”

Step No. 3:      Join the movement to be a better Internet trawler.

Look, I’m just as guilty of taking the bait as the next guy. How the hell do you think I found those headlines in the first place? Between those and Facebook memes, most of us don’t bother actually reading real news anymore. Or real anything, for that matter. Just more in the dumbing down of America.

But we can change that. It will take hard work and determination – things that seem to be lacking in people these days – but we can make the world and ourselves smarter. Start by reading one REAL news story a day. Go to a site like BBC News or Al Jazeera America and pick an article to peruse. You might be asking why I don’t recommend CNN or MSNBC or FOX News and I would answer that they are all terribly biased one way or the other and barely better written than the click bait stories.

You can support good writing and its writers by visiting their sites/blogs frequently and sharing them with your friends and family (hint, hint). A couple of my favorites are Stonekettle Station and Terrible Minds. As you probably knew already, I lean a little left in my thinking. If any of my conservative readers (Hello? Anybody there?) have some suggestions for their side of the aisle, I’ll gladly entertain them.

There are also these things called books. The classic version comes equipped with tactile interface, fresh ink smell, and never needs charging. It also can be a pretty good bug smasher, in a pinch. But if you’re one who just has to have that electronic gizmo in hand, there are plenty of options from Amazon’s Kindle, eBooks.com, Project Gutenberg, or iBooks.

Want to make your superhero conversion complete? Go read with a child, or someone who’s housebound or hospitalized, or help the illiterate learn. Open up that plethora of new worlds to another person and watch her blossom.

And finally, I challenge you to send at least one text a day with correct spelling, punctuation and grammar, just to freak your friends out. When they ask if you’ve been kidnapped by aliens, tell them about that cure for baldness.

 

© 2014   Cheri K. Endsley   All Rights Reserved.

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