If you used the internet at all in the ‘10s it’s probably happened to you: you saw a headline so outrageous and intriguing you just HAD to click it, even though you hate the site and the article was crap anyway. Maybe the title made you angry or just looked neat. So even though the actual content of the site sucks, the title always grabs you. That’s called clickbait. We’ve all dealt with it and it sucks. But as long as sites keep getting hits for doing it there’s no way to avoid it, bad sites just keep getting free publicity and clicks.
But if you’re sick of participating in this system and don’t want to give free views to crappy sites anymore, you’re in luck! There’s an easy way to view these articles without giving these jerks any clicks. That way bad content creators don’t profit off you.
1. Find the link to the article you want to read, right-click and select “Copy Link Address”
2. Go to an archival site such as Archive.Today or DoNotLink
3. Paste the URL into the bar.
Bam! You’re done. Now you don’t have to give bad or toxic sites any validation AND you can find out why this rapping baby is making rednecks so angry.
Anybody crying and wailing about the ‘ramifications for free speech’ should be mad at Gawker, not the jury or anyone else.
The average person, in general, doesn’t care about ‘the law’, they care about justice. It’s why nobody REALLY gives a shit about pirating music or asking for a water cup and getting soda at McDonalds or similar shit. They care when people start getting hurt.
But when you do things like post sex tapes, or post videos of a woman being sexually assaulted and refuse to take it down or say things like “Yes I’d post a sex video of a minor as long as they weren’t under 4′ the average person wants you dead regardless of ‘the law’. Your only defense is to.. not do shit like that. When you have to get up in front of a jury and go “We only violated the SPIRIT of the law!” you’re fucking done.
The media is so negatively viewed in the western world at this point I actually, genuinely believe a government could begin dismantling it and people would cheer. And that is entirely the fault media fucks for being so awful.
Kotaku was a video game-focused blog and part of Gawker Media’s “Gawker” network of sites. In March 2016, Kotaku was destroyed by an elbow drop by Hulk Hogan, who proudly declared that “video games and anime are now real forever”.