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Date Posted: 13:37:25 01/08/17 Sun
Author: Madam Secretary
Subject: Re: What is the Point of The Incline?
In reply to: Lexi Lou Who 's message, "What is the Point of The Incline?" on 13:21:44 01/06/17 Fri

Most of the responses so far stand on the wrong side of history with last century's legacy media and miss the mark entirely as media continues progressing forward to become agents of change, diversity, inclusion, justice and honesty in countering the alt-right's fake news outlets.

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[> [> Re: What is the Point of The Incline? -- Get your head out of the clouds, 18:02:22 01/08/17 Sun [1]

The Incline is not, and never will be, an advent of any of the change you listed. It's superficial, snarky, and way in over its head.

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[> [> Re: What is the Point of The Incline? -- Chief of Staff Jackson, 19:22:48 01/08/17 Sun [1]

The cliches in this response are hilarious.

Please explain, if you will how the frivolous content of these sites, including lazy aggregating and curation, not to mention the "original content," much of it fluff, has ANYTHING WHATSOEVER to do with becoming "agents of change, diversity, inclusion, justice and honesty in countering the alt-right's fake news outlets."

Does that noble comment mean that silly listicles are going to stop Breitbart? Guess again.

The media is changing. That is s inevitable. But the final result is not going to be sorry, superficial garbage like the Incline, Billy Penn or UpGruv. Most of those who feel this is the next step are those involved in these sites, not anyone else. And isn't it odd you never mention the word journalism? That's what it's about: the truth, solid, unassailable fact, not shallow fluff meant to be chuckled at and forgotten.

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[> [> Re: What is the Point of The Incline? -- Anti-Social Media, 20:28:11 01/08/17 Sun [1]

Your defense doesn't sound generational, it sounds ideological. The rhetoric about "last century's legacy media" doesn't change the fact you are defending liberal-progressive viewpoints, not journalism. No one in their right mind considers the alt-right sites to be journalism, either.

It's amazing how many younger people are blindly believing junk sites are the future just because they aren't "legacy media." The means of delivery will certainly change but the standards cannot. I see no standards of any sort in Billy Penn or The Incline. Nor do I see how they can make one red cent of profit.

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[> [> [> Re: What is the Point of The Incline? -- Being charitable, 08:27:30 01/09/17 Mon [1]

Perhaps part of The Incline's rationale is that since young peoples' attention and time are so fragmented, even those who might be interested in reading conventional journalism and news stories are unlikely to do so, therefore, The Incline will try to hook them with quick hits, in the hope that they'll stick around long enough to click on something else marginally more informative and worthwhile.

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[> [> [> [> Re: What is the Point of The Incline? -- Charity begins with real journalism, 05:59:48 01/10/17 Tue [1]

That "rationale" insults the intelligence of millenials as a whope. Yes, some are clueless. But many are smarter than that. You say it's s all about "hooking them with quick hits, in the hope that they'll stick around long enough?" That is known as pandering or simply insulting peoples' intelligence. It's tantamount to saying, "First, give the kids a lot of Mars bars to gorge and maybe they'll eat their veggies." Ridiculous.

For sure, there will be new forms of media. This nonsense will be forgotten by then.

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[> [> [> [> Re: What is the Point of The Incline? -- UpCline, 05:29:15 01/11/17 Wed [1]

Let's see. All millennials are so busy being cool they don't have the time or depth of intellect to comprehend or digest conventional news stories. So build a website around material from other sites and add enough silliness to get them interested in "real journalism." That's taking a hell of a lot for granted.

It says less about milennials and more about the "geniuses" who are funding, advocating and creating this approach (Lexi take note). It's pretty risky to smugly assume a whole demographic is flighty, then market to them with that in mind. At the end of the day, monetizing this crap is easier fantasized about than achieved.

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[> [> Re: What is the Point of The Incline? -- Millenial apostate, 05:41:08 01/09/17 Mon [1]

The Incline and Billy Penn may not offer fake news, but their ridiculous original content certainly qualifies as "fake journalism." The future of newspapers will, for sure, be different, but it won't be this.

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[> [> Re: What is the Point of The Incline? -- Loyal Subject, 07:23:20 01/09/17 Mon [1]

surely you are not suggesting The Incline is the solution to combat the many woes of legacy journalism?

I give you today's offering, a video of a woman who makes tchotchkes out of pet hair.

https://theincline.com/2017/01/09/this-pittsburgh-woman-makes-yarn-and-keepsakes-out-of-pets-fur/

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