What was Clickworthy in 2013

Back when I had time to blog, I’d occasionally write quick comments about popular topics circulating around the Internet, usually highlighting one article, essay, or video in particular that had an especially interesting or useful take on said issue. I labeled the posts “Clickworthy,” and if you search for that tag, you’ll find them.

If you follow me on Twitter (which you should!), you know that the Clickworthy principle captures most of what I do there. But alas, 140 characters doesn’t leave much space for introspection (or even a summary).

So, in the spirit of the overused year-end list, I have combed through a year of Tweets to present to you a lists of links that promise to be entertaining, informative, sometimes both, and occasionally neither. Without further ado, What was Clickworthy in 2013.

Clickworthy 2013 Features:
Boston Marathon Bombing  |  Surveillance, Snowden, and the Press


1. File this under things I didn’t want to know- Hitting the snooze button is bad for you. (Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker)

2. Millennials in a post-recession job market aren’t getting rich on the corporate ladder. What they’re doing instead is pretty inspiring. (Emily Esfahani Smith and Jennifer L. Aaker, The New York Times)

3. The story of Monowi, Neb., which is really the story of Elsie Eiler, because she is the last remaining resident in a town of one.

4. A shoutout to the student newspaper at the University of Alabama. This story was instrumental in integrating campus sororities… which for some reason was still on the to-do list in 2013. (Abbey Crain and Matt Ford, The Crimson White)

5. Perhaps the finest work by a columnist in 2013. One day after the Boston Marathon Bombing, a Boston Globe columnist wrote for an entire city. Beautiful and heartbreaking. (Kevin Cullen, The Boston Globe)

RELATED: Boston Marathon Bombing

6. A bizarre story that I can’t summarize any better than the title: “Revenge, ego and the corruption of Wikipedia.” (Andrew Leonard, Salon)

7. A truly random survey asking Americans what they think about states they do not live in. (Walter Hickey, Business Insider)

8. Vladimir Putin is confronted by topless protestors. He seemed to enjoy it. (Joe Coscarelli, New York Magazine)


9. A Mississippi educator is given the greatest obituary ever, spreading the story of Harry Stamps around the globe. [The (Biloxi) Sun-Herald]

10. The Harlem Shake: The quickest meme ever to be killed off by the news media. (KSLA)

10a. But before it was… some of the best shakes from around the world.
And one that was stopped by campus police before it ever began. (Jared Downing, YouTube)


1. The New York Times corrected a 136-year-old error. (Andre Natta, Poynter)

1a. Plus, the rest of the year in corrections and retractions! (Craig Silverman, Poynter)

2. The cesspool that is online reader comments gets a cleaning. The psychology of why we do it, and why Popular Science decided not to put up with us anymore. (Maria Konnokova, The New Yorker; Suzanne LaBarre, Popular Science)

3. Thanks to an ambiguous Tweet, erroneous time stamp & forgetful/inattentive public, Neil Armstrong died… again. (Melanie Eversley, USA Today)

4. When WikiLeaker Bradley Manning announced that he was transgender and considered himself to be a woman named Chelsea, media outlets had to figure out how to refer to a prominent newsmaker. (Paul Farhi, The Washington Post; Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times; Natalie DiBlasio, USA Today; Mark Joseph Stern, Slate)

RELATED: Surveillance, Snowden, and the Press

5. C-SPAN captures two excellent panels from the 2013 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference in Washington, DC – Covering politics (Bill Adair, PolitiFact; Jennifer Bendery, The Huffington Post; Alex Muller, Roll Call; Rachel Smolkin, Politico; Jane Singer, Univ. of Iowa; John Stanton, BuzzFeed) and the Supreme Court in the digital age. (Robert Barnes, The Washington Post; Richard Davis, Brigham Young Univ.; Adam Liptak, The New York Times; Tony Mauro, National Law Journal; Terri Towner, Oakland Univ.; Pete Williams, NBC ) (BONUS: You can spot me in the politics session)

6. Rolling Stone wins the most controversial magazine cover of the year, with this glamour shot of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (From DylanMcLemore.com)

RELATED: Boston Marathon Bombing

7. NTSB intern makes up offensive names of Asian pilots; Bay Area TV station runs with it. Ho Lee Fuk. (KTVU)

8. Media critic Howard Kurtz fired by Newsweek, let go by CNN after factual inaccuracies, strange business relationship with web startup. (Michael Calderone, The Huffington Post)


1. Google Books qualifies as fair use under copyright law, which means you can still read considerable excerpts of books online, even when the publisher objects. A huge win for the open information crowd, and for Google’s push to digitize the world’s literature. (Ben Zimmer, University of Pennsylvania Language Log)

2. A fascinating Q&A with colorful Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who used the term “argle-bargle” in his dissent on the DOMA decision. (Jennifer Senior, New York Magazine)

3. When George Zimmerman was found acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, we were left to contemplate the law, morality, and justice. Despite an obvious anti-Zimmerman bent, this piece written in the immediate aftermath of the verdict was one of the best reflections of the moment. (Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic)


4. The Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act; finds that California Proposition 8 petitioners lacked standing, sidestepping the constitutionality of a gay marriage ban. The Court leaves the definition of marriage to the states (for now). If a state recognizes same-sex marriage, federal benefits cannot be withheld. (Adam Liptak, The New York Times)

4a. But before you accuse the nation’s highest Court of being liberal activists, they were slammed for being conservative activists one day prior, when they essentially struck down the Voting Rights Act. (Adam Liptak, The New York Times)


1. University athletic programs lost ground in 2013 maintaining their profit structure. When the family of Johnny Manziel attempted to trademark “Johnny Football” so that the Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A&M quarterback could profit from his likeness, Time magazine made him the first collegiate athlete to grace its cover in almost 50 years, attached to a cover story entitled “It’s time to pay college athletes.” (Sean Gregory, Time)

1a. Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company settled with plaintiffs under the Ed O’Bannon umbrella in a case over college athletes’ right to publicity. At this point, it just means that college sports video games are gone for the foreseeable future, but it’s a major blow to the NCAA, which has said it will fight until the case reaches the Supreme Court (probably because if players maintain commercial rights to their likeness, what’s left of the NCAA’s veil of amateurism vanishes, along with the governing body itself). (Jon Solomon, The Birmingham News)

1b. Related: A detailed case study of the University of Alabama’s attempts to protect (and establish) trademarks and the messy court cases and public relations whiplash that followed (Jon Solomon and Kent Faulk, The Birmingham News)

Stan Grosfeld, AP

2. The sports photo of the year – Boston bullpen cop Steve Horgan celebrates a David Ortiz grand slam during the American League Championship Series as Detroit Tiger Torii Hunter flips over the outfield wall trying to make the catch. The Red Sox went on to win the game, the pennant, and eventually the World Series.

3. An oral history of New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, who retired after this season as the greatest closer of all time. (Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated)

3a. Video of Rivera’s final appearance (MLB Advanced Media)

4. Dennis Rodman visits North Korea for “basketball diplomacy.” Bar none, the strangest story of the year. (This Week, ABC)

5. Outsider sports website Deadspin gets perhaps the scoop of the year, blowing open the crazy story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend. (Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey, Deadspin)

6. Brent Musburger’s call of the year, from the Notre Dame v. Alabama college football national championship. In case you’ve forgotten, it wasn’t about football. (ABC/ESPN)

6a. I’ve never lived in the town of a team winning a major national championship. That changed after the Alabama Crimson Tide captured their second straight football national championship. (Ben Flanagan, Alabama Media Group)


1. When a rain-wrapped tornado approached Oklahoma City, one broadcast meteorologist advised viewers to “Go south.” The tornado was later determined to be an EF-5 and the largest (in size) on record. So… good advice? My thoughts led to the most-viewed post in the brief history of this blog and its largest traffic day ever. (From DylanMcLemore.com)

For more, jump to the Clickworthy 2013 Features:
Boston Marathon Bombing  |  Surveillance, Snowden, and the Press

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