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So google has a new toy: reading levels. It allows you to filter results by reading level, as well as to view the reading level of the results.
If you want to see the google reading level for a site, be sure to use the site: keyword, otherwise you are getting the reading level of other sites included in the results polluting the sample.
So add some sites with interesting results! Make it as partisan and bickering as you want!
Results by reading level for siteatsfans.com:
Advanced < 1%
Results by reading level for site:foxnews.com:
Results by reading level for site:huffingtonpost.com:
Results by reading level for site:nytimes.com:
Results by reading level for site:whitehouse.gov:
Results by reading level for site:espn.com:
Results by reading level for site:nature.com:
Results by reading level for site:mediamatters.org:
Advanced < 1%
Results by reading level for site:barstoolsports.com:
Advanced < 1%
Results by reading level for site:bostonsportsmediawatch.com:
Results by reading level for sitenion.com:
Edit: why does patsfans.com hate firefox?
Last edited by apple strudel; 12-17-2010 at 01:20 PM..
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I don't know which reading level "test" it uses, but some of the things that go into comprehension formulas are sentence length, percentage of long (or unfamiliar) words, parenthetical expressions, and dependent clauses.
Run the first sentence I typed through it, then run the second (paragraph-length) sentence through.
Complete gobbledegook will look advanced to this tool, if it's anything like the various formulas on the market, and a lot of very good writing will look basic.
Any idiot that says he "utilized" something instead of "using" something has just bumped up his "advanced" score.
So rest assured, it is possible that "advanced" reading material - like the stuff I'm infamous for posting - can just be overblown and pompous. Basic stuff can easily be very good writing.
I stipulate, however, that Patsfans is probably on the "basic" end of the spectrum because you're all a bunch of fu(ktards.