15 Ways publishing lost self-respect in 2013

We recently wrote the optimist’s take on the state of publishing based on what happened in the past year. In the interest of fairness, the following are signs that publishing is going to hell in a hand basket. Hold on tight.

1. This webpage has 90 ad units.

2.This became a ubiquitous ad tactic.

3. This piece got 1.3 million pageviews.

4. This slideshow got almost 400,000 views.

5. This sponsored content.

6. This presentation was viewed 400,000 times.

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7. This was an actual headline in a publication that gets 47 million monthly unique visitors.

8. This story actually ran and was “recommended” 25,000 times.

9. This explained the Egyptian revolution.

10. This chart.

11. And this one.

12. This ad placement.

13. This service exists.

14. This is an SEO tactic.

15. This article was untrue but got 1.5 million pageviews.


16. (Bonus) This 125-word listicle.

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