Opinion: 'Most Popular' Lists Benefit Readers, Writers and Newspapers

february 5, 2007  04:25 pm
"A little module designed to generate page views by appealing to our voyeurism turns out to be the solution for one of online journalism's more-vexing problems," says Jason Fry of the Wall Street Journal. Fry argues that by incorporating the "Most Popular," and, to a lesser extent, the "Most E-mailed" functions into their Web sites, newspapers are regaining one of the greatest characteristics of the print product -- serendipity.