On the main page of the Yahoo! site, there’s always some collection of stories rotating around, offering you a tantalizing glimpse of the details within, showing you a picture and a few words. Today (July 17), around lunchtime, I went through them all to see what they think we’re interested in.
Now, I don’t know enough about Yahoo! to know if they have captured my search history and have modelled the story selection in any way on my preferences. But, if so, they have seriously overestimated my interest in shootings in Florida. Welcome to the zeitgeist, George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. You get the bulk of the ten stories about the justice system, our biggest category of the day!
Oh, the human interest stories. Tales designed to make us cry or fill us with joy because of the trials and triumphs of regular folks, people who are just like us. I certainly didn’t read any of these nine stories. (snore)
The next category is why I’m thinking maybe there is a personalizing factor on the site: seven of the stories were about movies or movie actors or what not. Personally, I would have preferred more.
There were five stories that I’ll call “lifestyle”, where they offer you tips on remodelling your home, or tell you how rich people live. Awesome!
There were five stories about food. Fewer than usual, I think.
There were five stories about sports and sports figures. I guess there aren’t any playoffs happening right now, or that number would have been huge!
Yahoo! likes to find things that are just plain strange. Five of those today.
Five stories about animals, be they cute… or DEADLY!
TV stars and their personal details gave us five stories.
This not being an election seasons, I only counted four stories about strictly political issues.
Four stories about jobs: how to get them, how to survive them, etc.
Three stories about musicians and their industry.
Three stories about cars and how awesome they are.
I assume heath care is no longer an issue in this country. There were only two stories about it.
Amazingly, there were only two stories about hot women and how hot they are. (Well, except for all the ones already counted in the TV and music categories.)
Only two stories about clothing.
Two stories about what the Internet is and how it can be weird.
Another topic that must no longer be an issue in our society is education, with only two stories. Excellent to hear. Nice job fixing our educational system, whoever did that.
Two stories about weather!
One story about a magazine. Strangely, the story wasn’t, “Hey! There’s still a magazine in business!”
Only one about the royal baby. Isn’t that kid born yet?
One story about the war. (Though, it was really just a story about unconvential photographs of soldiers, not, you know, the actual war.)
One story about video games.
One story about what history would have been like if J. Edgar Hoover had had access to current NSA technology. Because counterfactuals are not only super-valuable, they’re super-important.
And one story about a controversy over a French postage stamp. Yeah, you read that right.
Well, that’s 88. How many spots are left for ACTUAL NEWS? Two. A story about the North Korean ship that was stopped at the Panama canal trying to sneak Cuban missiles through. And another story about Putin putting pressure on Edward Snowden to not damage US security with his leaks.
I get that going to Yahoo! isn’t like going to CNN.com. People don’t come there for news. They come there on their way somewhere else. But do we really need that much sugar and that little meat?