I love The Onion – it’s the world’s leading source of fake news and I find that it is it incredibly well written. When I want fake news on TV to entertain me, it’s Fox News and John Stewart and when I want fake news online it’s the Onion.
When I was working at Rogers, a colleague was fooled by a Onion story about a big brand and sent it out via email to a list of people including fairly senior Rogers marketing staff. When I told him The Onion was fake news there was an Oh $#!%% reaction and the aforementioned colleague tried to recall the email and then had to send out a hasty note flagging the story as fake … it had me loling for a week 🙂
I’ve been a fan of the Onion for years on the web, but today I learnt that they have a print edition that is distributed for free in 13 US cities and that the print edition is coming to Toronto this fall. I could see myself reading the Onion instead of the Metro if I had to choose between one when looking for free reading material for a subway ride.
People exposed to the Onion for the first time when it comes to Toronto will be exposed to headlines like Justin Bieber Found To Be Cleverly Disguised 51-Year-Old Pedophile and Donald Trump Under Pressure To Prove He’s Not A Pathetic Sack Of Human Scum .
Oddly enough, the Onion has partnered up with the Toronto Star for distribution and ad sales – I wonder if it’s because these days mainstream media is so manufactured that the line between fake and real news is blurry?