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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Can you answer these Hudson Valley questions, or are you a terrorist?



Every so often, an entertainment ranking in the form of a listicle that mentions the Hudson Valley or the Catskills is created by a ~content~ producer.
These articles seem to be created for the purpose of simply being passed around on Facebook, and for virality’s sake.
The latest is a ranking that puts Kingston as the No. 1 drunkest city in New York State, by reputable news organization Road Snacks and using criteria that is totally irrelevant if you read the article’s summary graph: “This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as info-tainment. Don’t freak out.”

WE ARE FREAKING OUT!

The criteria — tweets, geography, some random numbers (divorce rate? really?) —  gives the writers a guide to pretty much do anything (and you can do it for any state!)
Further, change the hashtags and you’ll get different results, so you can even tailor stuff to get what you want.
But it doesn’t really matter, because it’s created, really, simply for clicks.

Here's my twist.
I'm not here to tell you not to click.
Click all the things. It's your time. Enjoy it.

So to make it a bit more entertaining (and maybe throw in a little news?) I made this, just for you.

After all, listicles, quizzes and terrible comparisons to Brooklyn are here to stay. 







Yesterday's Internet, Today! threw you a curveball today because of the quiz format. But fear not! There is a cat in here. You're just going to have to look for it (or ask me in the comments if you're felling lazy). If you sign up to my terrible newsletter. you'll know where the cat is. 

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