The New York Times'Bogus Trend Factory
Now the newspaper is prattling on about the "circle lenses" rage.
Are the lenses inherently unsafe? According to a Korea Herald business story from 2008, they make up "30 percent of the nation`s contact lens market" in Korea, and the Korean unit of Bausch & Lomb was thinking about introducing its own line. Another safety data point—one that I wouldn't rely on—comes from this windy first-person content-farm piece about a negative reaction to the lenses.
I wait with saucer-size eyes for the Times to resolve the question with a nonbogus trend piece. Maybe in the health pages of the Science Times section?
Thanks to bogus-trend spotter Jess Davis and others for poking me in the eye with the Times piece. It was enough to make me want to watch Un Chien Andalouagain. Send film suggestions and bogus-trend candidates to firstname.lastname@example.org. For ocular irritation, see my Twitter. (E-mail may be quoted by name in "The Fray," Slate's readers' forum; in a future article; or elsewhere unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)
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