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Alpo

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I noticed this first on The Daily Mail. They will repeat the same thing over and over and over. Is this to make the article longer so it looks more important?

 

Australian news site.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/teen-rapper-accidentally-shoots-himself-in-the-head-while-filming-social-media-video/news-story/76de62c2db18e862802efb8e5879eeda

 

Headline - teen rapper accidentally shoots himself.

 

First paragraph, directly below the headline - teen rapper accidentally shoots himself.

 

Video, titled - rapper accidentally shoots himself in the head.

 

Directly below the video title - a teenage rapper accidentally killed himself

 

First paragraph below the video - a teenage rapper accidentally killed himself.

 

They repeat the same thing five times, before they finally have the story.

 

I thought the point of news reporting was brevity.

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Pretty sure that silly BS started in England then the New York Post then the cancer spread from there. 

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Weren't you ever assigned a 10 page paper in school?

 

They get paid by word count.

 

Or AI isn't very creative 

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The purpose of reporting news is and always has been selling ads.

 

For mailed newspapers and magazines there must be a minimum percentage of news.  The ad guy says “I have X Pages of ads” The publisher says “Today’s paper will be X*y% pages.” Even if news is reprinted.

 

Online does not have the % limit but there must be something to keep the reader hooked. Some do a better job of it than others.

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2 hours ago, Alpo said:

I noticed this first on The Daily Mail. They will repeat the same thing over and over and over. Is this to make the article longer so it looks more important?

 

Australian news site.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/teen-rapper-accidentally-shoots-himself-in-the-head-while-filming-social-media-video/news-story/76de62c2db18e862802efb8e5879eeda

 

Headline - teen rapper accidentally shoots himself.

 

First paragraph, directly below the headline - teen rapper accidentally shoots himself.

 

Video, titled - rapper accidentally shoots himself in the head.

 

Directly below the video title - a teenage rapper accidentally killed himself

 

First paragraph below the video - a teenage rapper accidentally killed himself.

 

They repeat the same thing five times, before they finally have the story.

 

I thought the point of news reporting was brevity.

 

Most folks have a very short attention span.  Reducing facts to one sentence and repeating has the greater probability if being understood.

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For the same reason a preacher might quote the same verse 10 times in a sermon.  Or a politician use the same phrase over and over.
Repetition is a long honored literary device, used to reinforce a point, to give better flow, to tie paragraphs together, or, as pointed out, to build up word count.

What irks me more are the pro-civil rights Youtube creators who, when talking about a Supreme Court decision, ruling, or hearing, talk about everything else, "setting the stage" as it were, never mention the case name, never really make clear what the Court said or did, and use a minor point to make 5 gallons of chowder out of one clam and half a cup of powdered milk.

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is a world wide conspiracy to do/post stupid things on the internet just to annoy you.  :D

 

And Widder is in charge although we let Tennessee Williams THINK he is in charge.

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Make 5 gallons of chowder out of one clam and half a cup of powdered milk.

 

SDJoe,

That’s a good one, I’m stealing it for future use.

Thanks. :D

 

CJ

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