Some call it “fake news”. Others call it “propaganda”.
Me, I prefer “infotainment”.
That latter term tends to best encapsulate exactly what the issue is in the mainstream media these days. It’s not so much that these pundits, who are paid actors, actually disagree with one another; that much is apparent from the sheer amount of footage available showing these talking heads flip-flopping on a wide variety of subjects.
No, the real issue is the financial competition that has driven these “news” outlets further into radical, raucous territory. Human beings, by their very nature and of no fault of their own, are attracted to conflict. Conflict releases chemicals in our brains that we perceive as emotions, and these emotional reactions are one of the few biological responses that we wind up craving.
We’re very literally, and unstoppably, addicted to emotion, and the likes of CNN understand this perfectly. They know that if they create an argument for you to live vicariously through, you’ll stay tuned in. In order to compete with the other networks, and in order to sell advertising space, the infotainment industry must always one-up their competition – making for ever-more unstable ideas.
Now that our nation looks poised to be on the brink of a Civil War, some Americans seem to have begun to understand this, and are tuning out in huge numbers.
The news just keeps getting worse and worse for the far-left CNN, which suffered a 16 percent primetime ratings collapse last month.
It’s primetime hours were only able to average a measly 761,000 viewers, while the fake news outlet’s total day viewers dove nine percent (compared to this same month last year) to just 559,000 viewers.
The move comes just a day after President Donald Trump threatened AT&T, the parent company of CNN, with a boycott.
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