The New York Times really knows what it's doing, when it comes to trend stories. What it's doing is not "Finding and identifying important fact-based trends and bringing them to light, for the public good." What it's doing is "Finding and identifying thoroughly unimportant trends which may or may not be real but which will serve to enrage the average reader enough to make it onto the 'Most Emailed' list."
- A tee-ball-like setup for exclamations of class outrage! "Now, even as the economy limps along, more of the nation's wealthier families are cutting out the car ride and chartering planes to fly to summer camps."
- A grapefruit-sized soft toss for keen students of hypocrisy to hit right out of the park! "The popularity of private-plane travel is forcing many high-priced camps, where seven-week sessions can easily cost more than $10,000, to balance the habits of their parents against the ethos of simplicity the camps spend the summer promoting."
- And a kicker! "[One parent] decided she 'was done with Maine and the planes and all of the people.' 'It's a crazy world out there,' she added. She now sends her children to camp in Europe.'"
I've been doing this job too long.
[NYT. Photo: Shutterstock]