You may have noticed that outlandish articles about outlandish things are being produced at a machine gun rate by both the mainstream and click-bait media. It really is just a shock-and-awe, post the most outlandish shit, bring in the clicks and eyeballs type of brown journalism, so much so you can't call it journalism. You can only call it what it truly is - tabloid.
But unless the article is in a magazine on the rack in the check out line at the grocery store, people think these articles are legit, especially if they have "NBC" or "CNN" on the URL. Most are easily duped if the website just looks professional.
But instead of getting pissed off at this constant barrage of rage-instilling BS brown pieces, I like to look at who wrote them as I think that has more genuine journalistic worth than the slop they're writing.
Today's article/person is Marcie Bianco.
Marcie wrote a piece at NBC that Miley Ray Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth divorce was a blow to "patriarchy."
I know. I know. It's dumber than a sociology major taking 7 years to graduate, but hear me out. The point of my article is to get you to the point that you never get even slightly irked at such a stupid article ever again. She's trying to goad you. She's purposely being obtuse and dense to get a rise out of you. And with the controversial position she's taken (one she may not even believe in), you're going to click bait it, post it, and bring her in more clicks. Do not be tempted.
Instead, look at who this person is.
Marcie Bianco is predominantly a lesbian/feminist activist.
Which is fine. Which is cool. Which is OK.
She is, however, NOT a journalist and her opinions are not that of everyday America, let alone every day women. She has an agenda, which means the article - no matter how click-baity-tempting it was to click - was not worth the click. Matter of fact, it's not worth anything. It's propaganda.
It is here I'm trying to get some people to "Enjoy the Show" and make some lemonade out of the seeming lemons we've received. And I'm not even going to connect the dots for you. I'm just going to tell you what to do whether you see a Marcie Bianco or any other shock-piece writer's crap masquerading as legitimate editorial or journalistic commentary.
Find out how successful and happy that person is.
How many twitter followers does this "journalist/writer" have?
Does s/he work for a firm that actually PAYS their writers or do they writer for free (ask Huffington Post "journalists").
Are their "award winning books" REALLY award winning? Look up their sales rank and the number of reviews they have. You'll be SHOCKED how many "best selling authors" have sold jack shit in terms of books.
And look at their resumes/linked in profiles. Is it all work work work and at welfare-make-work-non-profit-government jobs no less? Do they have any fun? Any life?
And then finally...
Ask yourself the question, would you trade lives with them?
Chances are you wouldn't.
The industry of making insulting, enraging, angering, agitating articles simply to be controversial, get a rise, and thus get click-traffic is arguably the worst social scourge we have in society today. It's no better than fake news, and sadly all of media is guilty of it. It angers you, raises your blood pressure, makes you depressed, and on both sides of all political aisles.
But before you even let your heart rate jump up 1 beat per minute more than it has to, I ask of you to at least look at who wrote the article. Chances are you'll see they have no authority, veracity, integrity, or anchoring in the real world, and are just writing a screed to either get a political point across or bring in the sheeple's eyes so they can sell their traffic to advertisers. And in addition to that, they're usually people you'd have no respect for and thus, wouldn't give a shit what they wrote.
So again, look behind the post and "Enjoy the Show."