For some reason, during my internet-procrastinating time, I’ve been clicking links I usually stay away from. Namely, “news articles” about internet things. Not quite TMZ level garbage, but stuff about, for instance, overly-attached girlfriend’s identity. I’m not sure why I tried to read that since it’s not exactly news (and I knew that from the meme database 8 months ago, so it’s not even breaking-not-news). So these pages follow the formula of “legit on TV but sketchy garbage on the web” sites like CNN and the Weather Channel, where you get two paragraphs of misspelled copypasta, an in-line advertisement link, and another couple of paragraphs of a different copypasta.
But the particular sites in question haven’t even bothered to make sure the subject is the same. Half a page of creepy meme girlfriend and culled gossip, and suddenly something about an ad referencing the Godfather, but with a car grille instead of a horse’s head (with a caption making it clear that whoever put the ad story there had no clue what movie was being parodied. It’s not even bad content, or false information, it’s more just a jumble of nonsense. There’s something almost unsettling about it, like when you get a zillion spam mails for drugs with the same jumbled subject lines, written by someone with a less than stellar grasp of english. How would someone not know that’s spam? It’s as though someone, somewhere thought that a portion of internet users are blind and just click randomly about the screen for fun.