It’s hard to imagine what more we could want as journalists in the height of the information age. We have so many tools at our fingertips: instant video, blogs, microblogs, and a multitude of outlets via Social Media. But, as a writer, and a reader how do you sort through it all? How do you sort through the crap?
Clearly, what we need is a Crap-o-Meter. I’m thinking a small icon, that looks like a pile of poop and tells how many people think a given story is utter crap. Whether or not this would prevent prudent readers from reading said story to verify its crappiness, such a tool would at least give the reader fair warning.
To be fair, the Crap-o-Meter should also have an alternate rating for articles that are Craptastick. These are articles that don’t necessarily provide us with useful information, but do make great antidotes over cocktails.
Of course, such a tool could be the cause of much strife over what is Crap and what is Craptastick. And then the we’d have to categorize all of the pursuant discourse as well.
What would follow would be the implied bullying campaign organized by masses who flock to an article that they don’t agree with to dub it as Crap, only to lead to a rapid rise in traffic by those who believe it’s not Crap. And suddenly the Crap-o-Meter loses it’s meaning. We then start to seek out articles that are dubbed as Crap, and then Crap and Crappy become the new words for cool.”Hey have you been to that new bar? I hear it’s pretty crappy!”
At this point we no longer know what’s Crap and what isn’t and end up wasting a lot of time reading pointless articles in hope that something meaningful might be gleaned. But I think there’s a solution for that too. You see what we would need is an app that…ah crap!