May 13, 2004

Beheading Blog Phenomenon

Yesterday I had well over 800 visits to this site, an astounding number for my pathetic little corner of the blogosphere. Granted, most of the visits came from people looking for information about, or possibly footage of, the beheading of Nick Berg in Iraq.

Pessimistic guy that I am at times, I was thinking that people were doing the search to fill some sort of lust for a cheap thrill at watching something so completely gruesome.

This post, by Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, thinks the huge upswing in page views (he tallied over 200,000 views) by people looking for information on the beheading may, in fact, indicate a shift in how rational people get their news rather than listening to the gospel of the Big Media. Is he right? Who knows. I certainly hope so.

Posted by Ryan at May 13, 2004 04:54 PM

I will admit to having done a search or two to find the execution video. My own grim need for validation that the beheading is as horrid as reports say. I'm sure it is. I've seen other executions and they are all shocking and final.

The best thing about the internet is the dissemination of news quickly. Its also the worst part because one false news story can spread just as quickly. I do tend to find alot of my news via MetaFilter these days.

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at May 14, 2004 09:54 AM

sick bastard eat shit and die

Posted by: at August 29, 2005 05:51 AM
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