Tricked by a Headline

Filed as News on May 22, 2008 9:21 am

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As someone who loves to blog, I am often super careful to avoid “headline bait.” These are the headlines you click on because they grab your attention. You arrive at the story, only to be disappointed that the article is about something else entirely.

Quite frankly, you end up feeling ‘suckered.’

In a rare moment of weakness, I got Punk’d by CNN this morning. One of their top headlines:

Star dies an explosive death

Thinking that some Hollywood B-lister smashed his car into a wall, I quickly clicked over – only to be met with some astronomy junk that I could care less about.

I don’t really deserve better. After all, what kind of perverse sicko wants to read about the misfortunes of a ‘star.’

So what do you think? Do headlines like the one above get credited as good headlines or as a sucker punch?

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  1. By Portal Turystyczny posted on June 5, 2008 at 4:42 am
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    Nice Text!

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  2. By Book Marketing Buzz posted on June 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm
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    Sorry if they suckered you in, but I consider that great PR. ;o)

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