Group 5 // Section 2 // 3:30pm // Clickbait

Facebook Questions:

Q1: List 2-3 sites where you have seen clickbait.

Q2: What does clickbait normally look like and how easily is it identified?

Q3: Share an example of clickbait and explain why you think it’s clickbait.


Article #1: Don’t Click on Clickbait (Mill Valley News, March 2019)

Article #2 What is ‘Clickbait’ and Should we use it? (Cariad Marketing, Aug 2018)

Discussion Questions:

Q1: Why do we click on clickbait? How does it draw so much attention?

Q2: Could clickbait be used as a good thing? How about bad things?

Counter Tech: Browser Plugins

Group 4 // Section 1 // 11:00 a.m. // Clickbait

Panel Members: Megan, Sandra, Lewis

Online Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you actually learn something from clickbait? Is it worth clicking?
  2. Are there benefits to clickbait? Negatives?


In-Class Discussion Questions:

  1. How have you experienced “attention merchants” (product advertisements) at schools?
  2. The article discusses two curiosity gaps.  Which one do you relate the most to?
  3. What kind of headlines feed your curiosity gap the most? (ex: politics, fashion trends, etc.)

Counter Technology:

Easy AdBlocker Search Manager

The Best (and Worst) Ad Blockers 

  1. AdBlock
  2. CyberSec by NordVPN
  3. CleanWeb by Surfshark
  4. Opera
  5. Firefox
  6. CyberGhost
  7. R.O.B.E.R.T. by Windscribe
  8. Google Chrome
  9. AdLock
  10. Microsoft Edge

Economics of Post-Truth: Clickbait

One student/one question

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