It's just so odd. More than a few of my new threads are in this forum, Dissecting Disinformation. I think maybe I notice things in media that has
deeper or dual messages.
Disclaimer over. My lefty-fem cousin, who I have mentioned before because she just took down her Hillary sign after 111 days after the election...
She reads aloud a "poll" from some current magazine which has Obama on the cover, of all things. It's a two part message, first it cites a study that
says people on the internet are more sad than the general public, plus a few other symptoms.
Ok, we all know it's easy to produce a fake report that asserts a study, basically you can get it to say anything you want in a survey. Old people
have one opinion and young people another to a set of standard questions. So you know how to structure the study to get the desired result...no big
On the surface it just seems like a print media vs online media hit piece. Imprint the idea that informed internet people are sad, really just to
degrade them along with boosting a false sense of self-righteousness for people who read stupid magazines, which suits my cousin's
churchy-lefty-schoolteacher mindset. I can't think of the name of it, I will find out. It's like a political version People mag plus AARP for the left
Ok, is this worthy of a post, a dumb hit piece? What I thought made it clever, and I want opinions on it, is the second part of the article, the
"poll". It asks readers to (somehow) express their approval of a bunch of silly NAMES for the "disease"! Like; "Twittergrim..." In doing so, it skips
right over the validity of the study it relies upon, strait to asking for input assigning a name to it. That's brilliant. It seems to have an
Orwellian pattern, maybe the two-part premise, maybe the Newspeak aspect....can't put my finger on it. Maybe too, the connection that 1984 is also
print media itself, ironically.
I loled with my wife, people who think and believe this way are indoctrinated. The message is sublimated, but also making the reader a participant
in....I guess fighting against....sad people?
I hope I developed this idea enough to make it interesting. I was actually kind of offended. As-if internet and Facebook type people are actually more
sad. The last I checked, chatting to friends and posting vacation pics was kind of fun.
edit on 7-5-2017 by FlyingFox because: freedom