Wednesday August 12, 2015
Should we worry about weird news getting weirder?
Weird news has become a regular part of the online news cycle, generating headlines like: Dead cat turned into helicopter by Dutch artist, Professor grows ear on his arm to connect to the internet and Florida Man Chews Off Fingerprints In Hopes Of Not Being ID'd.
These days, a "man bites dog" headline would barely count as clickbait, considering the competition.
Writer Daniel Engber joins guest host Candy Palmater to discuss why stories that used to shock us are now a bore, and whether news consumers should worry about the weird getting weirder.
q: What's the strangest headline you've seen on a mainstream news site? Be honest: how much of your news diet ranges from quirky to questionable?
WEB EXTRA | As mentioned in the interview, longtime curator of the curious Chuck Shepherd has created a list of offbeat stories that are "no longer weird" or worth writing about. Do you agree with him on the following highlights?