Thursday, February 22, 2007

Title First, Content Later

When I was a kid, I had a book about the Nickelodeon show Double Dare (does anyone remember that show?). One of the "facts" they told us was that the show's staff often thought of titles for their games first, and then tried to figure out a viable game to go with the title.

I admit I have had similar instincts when it comes to law articles. I am currently overcome with the desire to write an article with the title "Bringing the Sexy Back: [insert actual topic here]." What the subtitle will be, and thus the article will be about, I have no idea (Pornography? Sexuality in the law?). But I really want to write an article with that title.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

my goodness, we do enjoy opening the doors to a bit of free psychoanalysis don't we?

btw- if no one ever responds to posts on this blog- however much tongue in cheek they are- what's the point?

2/22/2007 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say I that I read this blog often, and I think this is a silly post for a host of reasons. I'm a big advocate of function over flair when it comes to titles. Also, everyone knows Double Dare.

2/23/2007 12:26 AM  
Blogger Nico Jacobellis said...

I believe that the great movie "The Usual Suspects" began with one of the writers coming up for the idea for the movie poster and title. He then had to actually write the script (which, of course, was fantastic). So, there is hope for greatness flowing from a title and little else.

2/24/2007 10:34 PM  

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