Journalism: How to turn Thanksgiving into an opportunity for political discussions

Journalism: How to turn Thanksgiving into an opportunity for political discussions

Is this how most people spend their Thanksgiving? Arguing about politics? Or is this just what journalists do?

Source: How to talk about the economy with your family at Thanksgiving – MarketWatch

The text of the story is even worse. Because journalists can find something negative in everything.


Well duh, its just the usual click-bait leveraging (and making) the culture of perpetual outrage. 

As the linked column notes, the idea we all want to argue politics at Thanksgiving family get togethers is a staple of numerous pseudo news outlets.

Liberal, millennial-focused news outlets took a great pride in an us-versus-them narrative, just as conservative outlets demonized the allegedly effete coastal elites. And here’s the thing: it’s profitable. A now-famous (The) Ohio State University study found a decade ago that you likely spend about a third more time with news you agree with. Outrage and anger are more easily sold for profit, so to speak — people are more likely to click on something that seems somehow scary or hyperbolic. All of this leads to more ad impressions.


the idea of Thanksgiving as a Thunderdome for culture clashes is a media creation.

The intent is to train us in to believing that the purpose of holidays is to be enraged at each other. This is a classic example of Daniel Boorstin’s pseudo-events and pseudo-news, created out of thin air, for the purpose of manipulating people.

More: How to shut down your Trump supporting family member at Thanksgiving dinner

Who knew the purpose of Thanksgiving was to engage in propaganda messaging with your family? Journalists actually believe this is the purpose of Thanksgiving.

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