Wednesday, May 02, 2007

This Is The News???

Being a single man I have to buy my own groceries, which means I stand in Supermarket lines and see things like "Big Foot Predicts . . . " you name it. Tabloids, they range from the usually true but usually pointless (The National Enquirer) to the most absurd stories imaginable, and some not some so imaginable.

I must admit that sometimes my curiosity is piqued, but usually I just shake my head and start unloading the grocery cart.

The American Thinker has an interesting post on what it calls "Freak Porn News" which is irrelevant news that grabs our attention making for an easy sale. It's kind of like movies where they have half a second of breasts or buttocks so that the review can include the word "Nudity" and thus attract gawkers and easily increase revenues.

I think there is another reason for this kind of news. When the news is something that the media big wigs don't want us to know, they release a story that attracts our lower nature and pulls us from the real news. It's easier to say "Look at this freak" than it is to put spin on a story that flies in the face of one's world-view.

I have to admit that I too, from time to time, post "Freak Porn News" but I'm not the media. I usually do it to share a laugh or something like that.

6 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

Excellent analysis, Shoprat. I believe The National Enquirer does very well and I really can't understand why.

Sometimes I think that this Global Warming stuff is meant to distract us from what's really important: Terrorism. So many Americans believe that Terrorism isn't a threat. Why? Is it because they're being distracted? Sounds loony, but you never know.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

The news is seldom news any longer, it is editorials and opinions and excoriations. And tittilation.

BZ

11:16 AM  
Blogger dons_mind said...

dunno sr - - i gotta admit to reading the occassional freak news rags --- they're always good for a laugh - - and sometimes we all need that laugh (badly).....

4:58 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

I don't even look anymore. I don't want to have to wash my brain out with soap.

8:59 PM  
Blogger jack rensimer said...

Trash,I say,trash! :)

hold on, there's a UFO outside my window...gotta go...

9:58 PM  
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