Pop Culture Required

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Something occurred to me today when I saw these adjacent stories:


It seems assumed that every reader must know what the “red light/green light” reference is from Squid Game. And they know what Squid Game even is. Plus they understand the “Winter is Coming” reference, and they know it’s from Game of Thrones. Seriously, journalism seems to have become rather lazy, since it relies on all these pop culture memes are shorthand for any topic. C’mon, writers. Not ALL of us spend our waking hours watching this junk.