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Added over 2 years ago | As appeared first on io9.com | Author: Annalee Newitz
Clickbait is the lowest form of social media journalism, full of sensationalized headlines, grumpy cats, and awful personal confessions. Most pundits complaining about it say that it's a new invention for the short attention spans of the internet age. But that's not true. Clickbait's history goes back to the nineteenth century. In this political cartoon from 1888, called "The Evil Spirits of the Modern Day Press," we see many of the same "evils" that social media supposedly invented in the p... Continue reading on io9.com
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