The Daily Mail Song

Yesterday I made a post with a loaded title and I was curious to see whether this would influence my stats. It did; the title generated more traffic than usual. What does that say about us? I can understand why tabloids like The Daily Mail choose such ridiculous headlines because headlines sell newspapers.

A friend of mine recently shared this youtube video about the Daily Mail and I thought I’d share it on my blog, just in case you haven’t seen it already. The Daily Mail has come under fire this week for attacking the father of Labour leader, Ed Miliband. It has generated criticism from both sides of politics with even conservative politicians jumping in to defend him.


  1. Lies, fear, sensation and encouraged contempt all divide and weaken us. All for the benefit of those who would prey upon us. Shouted loudly by those who only appear to represent the majority, but do not.

    The truth unites us and so helps to keep the predators at bay. The real truth of England and much of the world is best said by Billy Bragg – I’m Half English.

    1. I do hope that most of the views of the Daily Mail represent just a minority. Reading the comments on some articles can be a little depressing though so I try not to do it. In fact, come to think of it, I rarely read the Daily Mail anyway, unless I’m desperate for some time-wasting entertainment.

      I have the slowest internet connection at the moment so will have to wait to listen to Billy Bragg as it just won’t load. I’ll hopefully hear it before Godot arrives.

      1. That is the other side of the story. The flashy headlines may give you an instantaneous peak in readers, but those people just read and leave.

        But though provoking interesting posts make you put a blog on your reading list. Okay, maybe that is a bit too optimistic, but also partially true.

      2. Thanks, Graham. I managed to watch Billy Bragg: very cool. Still unable to load The True Nature of Humanity but will try first thing tomorrow. Hopefully a new day will bring a faster internet connection.

  2. We have something similar to that here we call them rags they are in every check out line you go through and cover a wide variety of topics. The crazy headlines are what get people to buy them.

    1. I remember those rags very well Bob! Scanning the crazy headlines used to help me pass the time while waiting in line to pay for my groceries šŸ™‚

  3. Very interesting what you said about your stats increasing with yesterday’s post title Rachel. Very thought provoking question you ask too – what does that say about us indeed? I agree with Victor’s comment šŸ™‚

  4. I so love this post, this needs to be shared with the world. Come winter, get ready for the Daily Express front page weather headlines for the UK. They read like an apocalyptic sensationalist Steven Spielberg film set.

    1. Thanks, Tony. I’ve watched that little clip so many times and it still makes me laugh. I’ll prepare myself for the Daily Express winter apocalypse.

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