• Martin Gagnon

Greta Thunberg Helpline

One of the consequences of our “age of fake news,” as pointed out in the Rand Corporation report Truth Decay, is polarization and erosion of civil discourse. Whose side you agree with often becomes more important than the information itself. It becomes an “us verse them” mentality. This is particularly true for highly emotional or hot button issues such as immigration, gender, or the environment.

One of the more vocal advocates for stricter environmental policies has been Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. Because of her outspoken manner, Thunberg has been the recipient of a ton of criticism and some outright nasty comments made largely by adults. Providing an outlet (a fake helpline) for "adults who need to yell at a child", comedian Mark Humphries created a Greta Thunberg Helpline. Check out this abbreviated version of the humorous and satirical video he created.


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