The Pornography Of Joy is a great term from this article. It's a take on the term "pornography of grief," the act of news outlets to use photos of people in horrible situations as a way to sell papers. However, "pornography of joy" is used by the writer to describe a trivial situation -- in his case, a boxing match won by a local boy -- blown to enormous proportions so the public can feel good about their failing nation. Here in the USA, welfare and education is cut but an attractive actress concieving a baby makes hundreds of magazine covers, and benefits for the disabled are cut yet Dr Phil can cover a single family's treatment just so they can weep gratefully during the last 10 minutes of the episode. Pornography of joy, indeed.
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