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Month: July 2019

Spam News?: “Final hours for big price cuts on nearly every Amazon device”

Spam News?: “Final hours for big price cuts on nearly every Amazon device”

When “news” services run “news stories” containing a lengthy list of Amazon Prime Day specials and links to Amazon, is this news? No, its apparently turning “news” into “spam”. It’s possible that “news” is now being funded by affiliate links embedded in stories (very likely), but what ever this is – its not news!

Everything, everywhere is now a “crisis”

Everything, everywhere is now a “crisis”

While researching overuse of the “crisis” label (literally everything is now a crisis), I ran across a Google News linked web site whose own description largely labels itself as a propaganda mill. Yet this is what passes for “news”?

News media personalities increasingly use emotion to grab viewer’s attention

News media personalities increasingly use emotion to grab viewer’s attention

It’s propaganda all the time now: “The only way to hold a viewer’s attention is to continually ratchet up the emotional stakes. It’s not enough to connect passionately to a picture or a video clip; the audience also expects a fierce attachment to news anchors and reporters — they want to see journalists emote, which is embraced as a more reliable truth than the facts and figures being reported.”