Malaysia Airlines and the cost of "crying wolf" (aka clickbait)
I saw The Verge's headline about Malaysia Airlines losing contact with a plane, but I didn't bother to click on the article because I figured it was carefully-worded clickbait and it wasn't a real article about a serious issue. Then I clicked on the article this morning and realized it was a very real situation. Even then, I almost didn't even scroll past the lead image because the article was written by Kwame Opam, who typically just regurgitates snippets from other websites.
Has anyone else had these two experiences?
1. Reaching the point where they just disregard suspicious articles completely due to the increased amount of clickbait on The Verge.
2. Disregarding an article because the author is not known for quality writing.
I really don't want to have another discussion centered on frustration over clickbait; there are many threads about it and The Verge uses clickbait to make ad money and support long form writing, which probably (unfortunately) doesn't pay for itself. I'm interested in holding a discussion about the psychological effects of clickbait on us, the readers, and how past experiences shape our bias for or against individual writers.