A few weeks ago Kate MacKenzie found an interesting pattern among technology websites while using an RSS newsreader. This week she found something else.
A list of a few dozen RSS subscriptions gave me some insight into how much regurgitation is going on. The trend toward copycat journalism is distinct when you see it from the perspective of an RSS reader.
Agreed. It’s there. But it takes a higher altitude to see it. What else?
Advertising disguised as news. Articles disguised as special deals. Articles that sell vs. articles that inform. Nearly every major Apple-oriented, Mac-oriented, and technology gadget oriented website features so-called articles or special deals (often disguised as an article) that help the website regain some of the revenue that was lost thanks to ad blockers, lowered advertising rates, and lowered advertising click-through rates; all of which combine to reduce or eliminate profitability for such sites.
Everybody is trying to sell something these days.