Culturally, the new corporate media … [is] driven by a particular hysteria, a particular panic that is born of a reality, a daily existence, so enclosed and so mediated by power and authority and rules and laws and the psychic prison cell of solipistic pop ephemera that each thought is painful. Each fetid and wheezed breath is forced out to further revenue and readership and click-baity news items.
That even such a word exists is profoundly depressing, actually. None of these corporate entities, media outlets, ever writes anything of a serious nature. Everything is designed for easy consumption, for banality, and with a fair amount of prurient titillation. Obama signs away human life, awards blood money to the ownership class ghouls, and yet, pseudo left journalists describe him as “sexy”. Think about taking the time to write that. Think about the logic at work.
— from A War On the Imagination by John Steppling