‘The Onion’ scores some stealth promotion with a fake job ad

The news-satire website posted an ad for a “listening internship” job Thursday. It looks real, but it’s really a way to snag Amazon reviews for its new, streaming-only TV show.

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However, until this week, the site’s unreality was limited to its content pages and didn’t reach into its job listings. That changed Thursday when The Onion posted this ad for an unpaid “listening intern,” whose job responsibilities would include:

1. Listening
2. Nodding
3. Smiling
4. Appearing deeply interested in what the speaker is saying
5. Remaining silent

The job lasts for one day and is intended to “comfort our staff by providing an attentive ear for hearing their thoughts and worries.”

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