“It doesn’t have to be good. It just has to be a pun.” The Punslingers event may be the only sport on Earth in which the highest level of play is the most painful to watch. –Ted Trautman, Paris Review.
When a Facebook executive whines about all these shallow viral links clogging our feeds, Slate’s Jordan Wiessmann clicks him a new one. If only we, the American people, could summon a champion. Someone who could, with the change of a single algorithm, turn the entire media ecosystem on its head. But who? –Jordan Weissmann, Slate.
This one chart is actually the punch line… click through for the full effect. –I Love Charts.
See, it’s funny, because poets need to suffer for their art, and people who get well-paying jobs are too isolated from their own existences to be able to write meaningfully about longing and desire and grit, right? (It’s satire, folks.) Petroleum giant Exxon Mobil is one of many Fortune 500 companies that is using innovative ways to snag creative writing majors fresh out of graduation. In March, the company finished…
“We have about 850 graduates, and we have a professional photographer snapping their picture when they shake my hand and get their diploma,” said Ronald Machtley, the president of Bryant. “I don’t think their mom and dad and grandma want to get a picture of them holding up their cellphone.” –Go Forth and Conquer, but Postpone the Selfie – NYTimes.com.
Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert who run The Sunday Times investigative Insight team placed an advert in a Bulgarian paper. The reporters from a Bastion of British investigative journalism pretended to be a UK-based couple wanting to circumvent the adoption process and buy a Bulgarian baby. A sharp-eyed Bulgarian reporter saw the advert and was curious about why a British couple would want to do this. –Daily Express.