Tuesday, May 1, 2007

When Is News Not News? When It’s Crap

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When is news not news? When it’s crap!

That’s what Drew Curtis has discovered in the 10 years since he started Fark.com, a popular news aggregator that emphasizes the weird and wacky goings-on in this world.

Curtis says after 10 years of manually choosing stories for the website, he’s discovered that certain kinds of crap keep popping up again and again, such as “penis cut-offs” and “a study that suggests German men have smaller penises than the rest of us.”

Although the media prints this, Curtis admits it’s because “at the end of the day, people want to read junk.”

But not all the time.

Curtis says the Virginia Tech shootings managed to push the crap off the news radar for a brief time and says, as an example, “Nobody said anything about Don Imus once the Virginia Tech shootings occurred.”

As he puts it, “The more severe the event, the longer it takes for crap to slip back.”

Curtis is the author of a new book, It’s Not News, It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries To Pass Off Crap As News (Gotham Books).

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