Yesterday, 01:56 PM
I usually read words, but sometimes, I read comics too!
E_D is right tho, most people, including myself, just read the headlines. Trouble is with that is all forms of Media are spread by rewording or phrasing the headlines so they sound much more sensational. HuffPo, and Im sure others, have an algorithm that links thesaurus based words with peoples level of anticipated emotional responses, thus drawing more traffic. If the headline were Ms Jones overcooked her turkey, the headline would be rephrased to "Ms Jones Almost Loses Home Due To Burning Thanksgiving Dinner". The MSM in general needs the sensational stories or they face being obscured by others that do. They play it up to the hilt and make as big of a deal out of everything as they possibly can. If they dont, they lose viewers. Another major problem they face is by going too far, they compromise their credibility. By not going far enough, people get bored.
Half of the solution to the problems we have is with Media in general, not just the MSM, and the other half is with the people that only focus on the most sensational headlines they come across. In the viewers and readers, people no longer appear to be seeking out intellectual material, but emotional material. "Trump Wins Election Despite Losing Popular Vote". That would be the type of title intended to manufacture an emotional response by creating controversy around any given topic. A headline such as "Ms Jones Hosts A Boring Family Thanksgiving" isnt going to generate the level of traffic needed to pay the bills.