Last night, we had some friends over for dinner. We were discussing “fake news”.
I mentioned I’d see this post in a forum pertaining to Janet’s Jackson’s big re-entry or resurrection of her performance career. The forum post was mocked. This is a very liberal-minded forum by the way.
Two days later I saw a similar claim / link on the Drudge Report. The same phrasing was used. Ms. Jackson is extreme… clickbait. Don’t want to miss something awesome or over the top! Don’t want to miss your assigned, talking points of the day.
It’s seems obvious to me, the links to the “news” about Janet Jackson are paid product placement. The advertiser hopes to create buzz by faking the buzz in the first place.
It’s like when you see Tom Cruise holding a Pepsi in a commercial. I remember when this was a new thing. People thought art would suffer at that time. You can decide if you this has occurred.
We were also talking about shopping profiles and such. I might see Janet Jackson being promoted because I’m tagged as person who might be interested in her. You might see something completely different. It’s really something to consider. As the knowledge of each individual becomes more and more granular, we wind up with our personal newspaper designed to sell.
“We can’t really discuss this,” I said to my husband and our friends. “Because the news I see is not the news you see, or you, or you. I have no idea what you see on your screen. And it’s not really news anyway. Newsflash – Janet Jackson is Insanely GREAT. That’s an ad.”
I wonder when and IF people are going be interested in real content again… like this post right here.
It’s real. These are my my thoughts and this conversation really happened.
What do you think? In your own, personal mind, I mean. Can we get our minds back? Where is your Mercury.