How Deadspin Got It Wrong – What does “clickbait” really mean?

Some of you may have seen Tim Marchman’s rant thoughtful post on Gawker Media’s sports weblog, Deadspin, earlier today. Marchman had clearly reached his boiling point after enough commenters posters made their feelings known about pageview-driven journalism. Boy was he steamed.

It was fun to get a new perspective on the age-old “clickbait” debate, but there was one major problem with his piece.

Tim Marchman has no idea what constitutes “clickbait.” Let me explain…

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HFTE Exclusive: Here Are Some Problems I Have With “Here Are Some Problems I Have With Thanksgiving”

Turkey > Echo

Welcome back to Heading for the Exits. It’s been awhile, but I’m back now. Probably won’t be staying long, but alas, here I am. Anyway, noted poet, Same Sad Echo, wrote something earlier today that really got my goat. He decided that despite being an admittedly great holiday, he still wanted to complain about a few Thanksgiving-related things. In response, I’ve decided to go ahead and give his piece the full FJM-style treatment. Let’s get to it.

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Who’s Nower – Championship Results

Congratulations to the 2013 Who’s Nower Champion, PFTCommenter!

After a controversial move during the final matchup when he encouraged voters to choose his opponent instead of him, PFTCommenter proved that he is the master of reverse psychology, storming back from a wide margin at the time to conquer Piggy Poop Balls and crown himself the 2013 Who’s Nower Champion.

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Who’s Nower – Round of 2


Whos Nower

Well, here we are everybody. After almost five long weeks of drawn-out action, we’ve finally reached the dramatic conclusion of the 2013 HFTE Who’s Nower competition.

This week’s matchup is not for the faint of heart. In one corner we have the purveyor of strong takes and hard truths, PFTCommenter. In the other corner, we have a legend in his own right, Piggy Poop Balls.

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Who’s Nower – Round of 8

Whos Nower Round of 8

QUICK PROGRAMMING NOTE: I apologize in advance for the short write up this week. I’m in the process of packing up my life for a two-thirds cross-country move, and am a bit short on time. Unfortunately, I will not be able to break down the Round of 8 with the detail and analysis that it deserves.  The polls are staying open on this round a little later than normal, because I’ll be on the road next Monday-Wednesday. I’ll find a Starbucks or some place with free WIFI near my soon-to-be home for a write up later next week.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some quick notes from the Round of 16:

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