Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: How to Avoid Trump Fatigue

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: How to Avoid Trump Fatigue

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Editorial Exchange: How to avoid Trump fatigue


An editorial from the Winnipeg Free Press, published Feb. 13:

A Google search for "Trump" returns 1,110,000,000 results in 0.7 seconds. Today, with the first meeting in Washington between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that number is sure to jump.

By any metric, that's a lot of content. It comes in many forms -- news articles, fake news, op-eds, memes and blog posts, not to mention the U.S. president's consistently incendiary tweets and the take after take after take they inspire. It's overwhelming, anxiety-provoking and nearly impossible to keep up with, not only because of the sheer volume of information to parse, but also because a lot of the news is bad news.

And so, people are doing what people do when they want to escape and avoid something unpleasant: they are checking out.

Who can blame them? Mr. Trump has only been president for just shy of three weeks, but one would be forgiven for feeling as though it's been three years. The fatigue is setting in, and it's setting in quickly. It can be felt in the barely concealed annoyance with Facebook friends who are "too political." It can be felt throughout the comment section on yet another piece about Mr. Trump. It can be felt around dinner tables and water coolers. A Google search for "Trump fatigue" yields about 13,400,000 results, by the way.

The subtext, online and off: "Can we talk about something, anything else?"

Several tech geeks have created extensions for the web browser Chrome to help cleanse The Donald from your Internet browsing. One is called Trump Filter and, once installed, filters out all references to Mr. Trump. Another, called Make America Kittens Again, replaces photos of the U.S. president with photos of kittens. Out of sight, out of mind.

It's a tempting fantasy, the ability to hit "mute," just for a moment, on the never-ending breaking news ticker that has become our daily lives. …

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