Aren’t journalists supposed to check facts?

I’m turning my response to this cNet articleby Elizabeth Armstrong Moore into a post. Moore is writing about the crazy trend wherein people wear contacts to make their eyes look like anime characters.She blames Gaga and then showing her lack of research and also lack of… well… critical thinking she writes:

“But her Bad Romance lyrics, which include the line “I want your ugly, I want your disease,” read like a poster for unsafe sex, and seem to sum up pretty well the star’s tendency to make chic that which is bad for one’s health.”This is quite possibly one of the most amusing things I’ve ever read. Perhaps Moore’s never heard of metaphors before? Perhaps Moore’s never heard of people refer to emotions as ‘ugly.’ And maybe she’s one of those rare people who’ve never gone for the ‘bad boy’ or ‘bad girl,’ kudos to her because, like I said – rare.

(and if it wasn’t rare, no one would ever try to date me.)Also, saying that she’s trying to inspire bad health is like saying that Monet wanted everyone to scratch their eyes and see the world with blurred vision.

As another cNet commenter said, the trend has been around for a very long time. It was even around 15 years ago when I was in high school. Moore would have known this if she attempted research. The only difference is that now it’s possible for people to make the changes to their eyes. It’s inane and looks silly but it’s part a slew of other trends that are dangerous – like the serums that help you to ‘grow’ longer lashes.

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