Tuesday News: Tim Wu and Matthew Inman on net neutrality, clickbait defined, and the subversive virtues of Jane the Virgin
What’s the point of being in the middle if you’re the FCC at this point, unless you really think it’s better in some way? If they stay in the middle, they’re kind of naked right now — there’s no one there with them. It’s not like Congress is gonna help out. Congress is going to be against any version of the net neutrality rule, the tech companies are against any compromise. Sometimes, the middle can end up being a very dangerous place.
The only concern I have is that there’s too much chaos. My main concern is delay. –The Verge
Julia Turner, editor-in-chief, Slate
Clickbait is the pejorative and suggests a headline making a promise that the story it links to doesn’t keep. The headline baits you into clicking, and then you’re just a fish on a hook, dragged through a sea of display ads without the satisfaction of a good meal. Clickbait begets disappointed readers, and that’s never a good thing; we strive mightily to avoid it on Slate.
However, most Web writers and editors do have thoughts on which topics are “clicky” — which is the non-pejorative term I usually hear for a subject that readers will be interested in and thus might click on. There’s no shame in thinking about what’s “clicky”: It’s basically another word for “interesting” or “enticing,” factors editors have been considering for time immemorial. –Digiday
The whimsy factor of the show will certainly appeal to fans of Bryan Fuller’s earlier work like Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, or the similarly campy Ugly Betty. And like those (also excellent) shows, there’s a real decency to the characters here. There are a few scoundrels, of course, but even they have a core being — there’s nothing arbitrary about the conflicts or even the villainy. Each part of the story is driven by clear character wants, informed by their backstories, and complicated by their loyalties. Sometimes I wonder why the characters on, say, Scandal are acting the way they are. I don’t wonder that on JTV. –The Vulture