THE ONION: One of my favorite websites to procure my daily news from is The Onion. I can really appreciate all aspects of this website’s layout and the way their writers convey the information to the reader. Whether it’s Political news, sports news or even news in science and technology, The Onion delivers great information from the satirical forefront.
I spend most of my time perusing the political section. The Onion writers really work hard to keep the news they post lighthearted and easy to read, unlike many political news outlets that tend to produce bland, wordy articles that can be difficult to get through. Each article clearly highlights the topic and gives the information that the reader wants to read.
THE APPEAL: While The Onion is a satirical news source, it does bring to light many of the topics discussed on more popular, less satirical sources. I find myself turning to The Onion, after watching television news or listening to NPR, to try and find the humor in an otherwise dim world of news we live in today. I think that is The Onion’s intent, to provide lighthearted, comical insight to the harsh reality of life. They are extraordinary at doing this as well.
What The Onion sometimes does is create article titles that seem legitimate at first glance. But as you go on to read the articles, you soon discover certain “facts” that cannot possibly be true. Occasionally, however, you will find yourself questioning the articles authenticity. Because of how crazy politics have been lately regarding certain politicians, some of the articles aren’t so far fetched.
FOR INSTANCE: An article I came across today titled “Who is Gary Johnson” and to most this would appear to be a legit article. Gary Johnson is the presidential candidate currently in 3rd place yet “about two-thirds of the adult population could not pick him out of a crowd.” Of course The Onion article is not true and if you were to read it you would go on to realize that what they say about Gov. Johnson could not possibly be true. But, the point is, two-thirds of adult America wouldn’t really know if the article were true or false because they are ill informed. I think The Onion’s writers recognize how misinformed America is and they capitalize on it.
The Onion appeals to the cynics of the world, the people who find hilarity in the current downward spiral of humanity. The Onion’s writers bring humor where there usually isn’t and that’s what draws me to their articles.