The Telegraph and search engines

Looks like someone’s doing some SEO stuff here. The stories in the UK news section are as follows:

April Fools’ Day 2016: how did the tradition originate and what are the best pranks?

When is Easter 2016? What are the dates for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday?

What was the Irish Easter Rising in 1916?

When and why do the clocks go forward? When does Daylight Saving Time begin?

That’s the first four stories and they’re obviously all there for Google.

Journalism is about speaking truth to power, right?

6 thoughts on “The Telegraph and search engines”

  1. One has to wonder what the purpose of newspapers is.
    They consist of –
    Current affairs written as opinion pieces by liberal university grads.
    Poorly researched novelty items written by small children
    A crossword.

    I give you the Torygraphs piece on the winner of the prize for solving Fermats Last Theorum for cat 2

  2. 1) The first four stories have headlines that will draw traffic.

    2) Pay as little for content as possible.

    3) ???

    4) Profit!!!

    The purpose of newspapers is to sell physical newspapers or something about online cheese to make money. Pittsburgh has two remaining newspapers. Both target different audiences with stories they believe will draw the most readers. Astute readers will read between the lines of the melodramatic claptrap to get an idea about what is really happening. Everyone else is indoctrinated in the echo chamber of their choice. Always remember that all the news that is fit to print is the news that will make more.

    I’d suggest removing capitalism from the news industry but someone has to pay the bills. I’m fairly certain no one here trusts the government to tell the truth. Maybe those Koch brothers would be willing to tell me what is really happening, without spin, out of the goodness of their hearts. Looks like I’m stuck with bleeding heart “liberal” reporters that will work for peanuts and have skills to match their pay.

  3. This is a (pretty much) free market operating. You do whatever you think will make money. I’m not sure if the Tele’s new Daily Mailygraph approach is the right one, but it’s their free choice to try this strategy. And our free choice to read it or not read it.

    The focus of argument for classical liberaltarian types is to get the BBC closed down, to end its harmful effects on free market development, and other State tentacles such as OFCOM similarly.

  4. But if you close down the BBC you wouldn’t be able to complain about it.

    PBS and NPR are the closest things to the BBC that I have. Most state funding was removed during the contract with america yet they survived. From what I know the BBC is too dominate but it’s not without it’s value. If it weren’t for NPR most times I wouldn’t bother turning on my car radio most days as the corporate stations are not that good.

  5. I don’t want to complain about it. I just want it to go away. I also want the angry letters claiming I’m watching telly without a licence to go away too. It’s a terrible institution, it needs shutting down. It’s entirely without value.

    Running television stations is right up there at the top of the list of things the State shouldn’t do.

  6. I also want the angry letters claiming I’m watching telly without a licence to go away too.

    Not just the angry letters, the knocks on the door from collection goons demanding to know why I haven’t paid my telly tax.

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