Talk radio has had this formula for years and they’ve almost had to use it to drive any listenership as people left radio for television and other media.
I can still remember the different “loudness” level of talk between Bill O’Reilly’s primetime show on Fox News and the louder level on his radio show.
Obviously they took the easy route. You may need to measure what matters, but getting to that goal by any means necessary or using indefensible shortcuts is the fallacy here. They could have had that North Star, but it’s the means they used by which to reach it that were wrong.
This is another great example of tech ignoring basic ethics to get to a monetary goal. (Another good one is Marc Zuckerberg’s “connecting people” mantra when what he should be is “connecting people for good” or “creating positive connections”.
This is a great summation of the issue.
A fact that I suspect that few Christians know. I wonder if the “Darwin fish” has a similar acronymization?