Analysis of media issues, politics and current events.
The Huffington Post is an effective integrator and promoter of other people’s website content. But in the process of optimizing that content to tease readers and search engines, their headline writers spice of the headlines to make even the simplest story seem like an epic battle, violent, or the end of the world. And when you read the real unedited version of the story. The real situation is a lot more tame, nuanced, or complex. The recent Huffington Post use of the headline, “You’re Insane” to depict Jon Stewart’s debate with Fox News Sunday is a good example.
A quick word guide to help filter and understand the real meaning of works in some of the Huffington Post’s headlines:
Huffpo: “Slams” in the real world means: delivers a statement against
Huffpo: “Destroys” in the real world means: makes a coherent argument
Huffpo: “Takes on” in the real world means: make a funny or stinging comment about
Huffpo: “Anger/Angry” in the real world means: vocalizing concerns