Okay, my own laziness is the sole cause. Or, to channel my inner member of Congress, my strategic decision to take a measured approach has allowed the spirit of American initiative to produce results! All hail the free market!
Where was I? Ah, yes. There's a fun article in the NYT describing analysis that was done on their Most Emailed articles list, based on "checking it every 15 minutes for more than six months." (Full disclosure: I was thinking more like doing it once a day.)
There are some interesting and uplifting observations, not least of which was the large percentage of science articles that were, at least fleetingly, thought worth sharing. (By the coastalibrulintelleckshual elite, I mean.)
Nice bit of snark from Tierney, who says well what I'm sure many of us have thought at one time or another:
The results are surprising — well, to me, anyway. I would have hypothesized that there are two basic strategies for making the most-e-mailed list. One, which I’ve happily employed, is to write anything about sex. The other, which I’m still working on, is to write an article headlined: “How Your Pet’s Diet Threatens Your Marriage, and Why It’s Bush’s Fault.”
Anyway, here it is.