By: Courtney Fishman
Although it’s only September 9, the pumpkin spice craze is already in full swing. With Starbucks releasing their signature fall drink over a month earlier than its usual release, pumpkin spice merchandise is returning to coffee shops and maybe even convenient stores.
Yesterday, The Washington Post shot down rumors from Twitter that Durex would release a pumpkin spice condom. The idea of this flavored condom might be a strange one, but even stranger is the fact that The Washington Post is reporting about it.
As digital media takes over traditional news, web traffic is increasingly more important for advertising dollars. Sure, an article about pumpkin spice condoms is right up Buzzfeed’s alley. And yes, they did in fact write an article about the rumored condoms. But are popular news mediums compromising quality content in hopes of site clicks?
Unfortunately, the answer is leaning toward yes.
Just last month, The Washington Post wrote an article about how Malia Obama took a selfie with a fellow Lollapalooza goer after stating she couldn’t take pictures with other attendees.
As ‘controversial’ as Malia Obama taking selfies is, there’s plenty of news we can focus our efforts on.
Let’s continue writing about how Scotland might separate from the U.K. if they win the referendum or how Arab states are joining forces to combat Islamic extremists.
These are topics I’m eager to learn more about, while sipping my pumpkin spice latte — not reading about it.