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Kids, video games, urban myths, internet rumours and politics really do mix!

Saturday, 15 November 2008 — by

Anyone can report the news. The real story is predicting it. If it’s the big “What if?” on social media trends, technology trends, and thoughts on scientific discoveries you’re looking for, then the Blah, Blah! Technology blog is the place to be for you and your friends…

Now, I’m not saying I’m getting it right every time. But like the old Irish proverb says, it’s the journey that counts, not the arrival. For me, I like to step out into the void of the future unknown and hazard a guess at what might be. The thrill is daring to imagine greater things of man.

Of web traffic and subscriber statistics

This past week as seen the number of subscribers peak sharply not once, but twice. And between the 7th and the 14th, I’ve had over 20,000 visits, split mostly between two recent articles, one being “But video games are bad for kids, right?” and the second being “When internet rumours and urban myths go horribly wrong!

But why these two articles? Well, it’s all about playing on popular themes that people feel something about. After all, I might write it, but you have to like it!

In the case of the former, parents are concerned that video games are having a negative impact on their kids. Thing is, everyone is saying that, including the popular press, who’re headline-grabbing left, right and centre! So I decided to examine the issue in the opposite direction and see if the opposite is true; that video games actually benefit kids.

The results were highly rewarding. And the comments were great, too. In one of my own comments, I highlighted a mention the article had attracted higher up the media food chain:

“Guys, I got a visit to this article earlier today from another article entitled: ‘Question for Obama: do video games harm kids?

It would appear I’ve gone and got myself embroiled in US political debate! Not quite what I had in mind, but it’s certainly interesting to see that some people find my discussion has merit enough to be elevated to the highest political level…”

At that point, you begin to realize that you’re onto something. And this was before the torrent of traffic to the article from StumbleUpon.

In the case of the latter article, not only did I play on a common theme — that being urban myths and internet rumormongery — I also preyed on people’s fears and their often insatiable appetite for the incredible, if not entirely credible.

Every now & then, I like to indulge my own vanity and share my thoughts on various matters, which was the case with urban myths and internet rumours article. I think that contributed in some way towards its appeal. Or is that me just indulging my ego this time?

In any case, the amount of traffic these two articles have attracted has been wonderful, and I offer a big thanks to all those that commented, voted, reviewed and shared those articles.

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David Bradley → Monday, 17 November 2008 @ 11:36 BDT

Anyone can predict the news too…if they have access to the same embargoed releases as John Humphrys’ Today office! Have you noticed how most of their headlines are predictive, rarely is news reported as a past fact, it’s some imminent development. There has been a sea change in topical news reporting recently.

Mike T. → Monday, 12 July 2010 @ 22:01 BDT

David, that is what I think as well. News offices are restricted in their own news-supply. It is steered from somewhere above to keep the country in direction, isn’t it?

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