Saturday, September 22, 2007

TIME (Again) Takes a Breather from the Real World and Ventures into Tabloid Journalism

Tabloid journalism usually takes undeniable facts, makes defendable assertions, engages in some plausible speculation, and, from these elements, concocts entertaining stories that often have a tenuous relationship with the truth. Let me give you an example:

Undeniable fact: Elvis Presley really existed.
Defendable assertion: Elvis Presley had a powerful libido.
Plausible speculation: Intelligent extraterrestrial life exists.
Entertaining story: I am the love-child of Elvis Presley and a space alien!

Actually, this is not so bad. In fact, it is much better than the article that I took up here. Still, there's so much that is wrong about it that it makes me wonder what's going on at the TIME Tokyo bureau.

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