Betteridge’s Law of Headlines

Motley Fool’s headlines seem to becoming sensationalist lately, and pose some ridiculous questions. As it turns out, there’s a “law” that deals with this:

Betteridge’s Law of Headlines

Betteridge’s Law of Headlines is an adage that states, “Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no'”.

This is based on a point made by Ian Betteridge (a technology journalist who primarily covers topics relating to Apple/Mac), about sensational headlines that end in a question mark. He explains this in a February 2009 article: ” One thing though: This story is a great demonstration of my maxim that any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word “no”. The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably [expeitive deleted], and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.”

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_Law_of_Headlines

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1 Response to Betteridge’s Law of Headlines

  1. Pingback: Who Will Disprove Betteridge’s Law? « Irregular Times

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