Curses, Foiled Again: College Paper Punished For Anti-Bush Expletive

From the AP, via Editor and Publisher: Colorado State University’s student newspaper has lost $30,000 in advertising and had to cut pay and other budgets by 10 percent because of fallout from the use of a four-letter word in an editorial about President Bush, the Coloradoan reported Saturday. In large type, the editorial included the words “Taser this (expletive) Bush.” The editorial said it had the support of the Collegian’s…

Images of Journalists in Popular Culture

Images of Journalists in Popular Culture (PDF) A newsroom is always filled with fast-talking, bright people whose main work is to speak to strangers, investigate a situation, get answers, develop a story. Since reporters are always finding out something about someone, they create countless stories with good beginnings, middles, and endings. The newspaper gave the moviemaker an endless flow of story possibilities in an atmosphere that soon became so familiar…

Hoax/Art/Stupidity

I’ve been scanning the online coverage of the MIT student who caused a bomb scare when she walked into an airport wearing a blinking circuit board on her sweatshirt. I’m dismayed by the number of headlines that unquestioningly repeat the authorities’ line that she was wearing a “fake bomb.”  Several headlines at least put the term in quotation marks, and a good number of them describe the device more neutrally…

From the Sickbed

I’ve been laid up in sick all weekend, mostly drifting in and out of sleep. I started getting chills Friday afternoon at work. I zipped up my jacket and put the heater on in the car to keep the chills under control, went to the couch in the basement (where my wife banished me) and just tried to keep sane. All Saturday was a blur. I tried to sleep as…

Urban Dictionary: aibohphobia

aibohphobia The irrational fear of palindromes (words that read the same forwards and backwards). Dude 1: Hey, what’s your name? Dude 2: Bob. Dude 1: AAAAAAAAAAH! *Runs and hides behind sofa* Bob: Wow. Dude 1: AAAAAAAAAAH! *Runs away and falls down stairs* This completely stupid fauxbia made me laugh for some reason. There appears to be a real art to writing a successful Urban Dictionary entry. Such entries are often…

Star Wars: The Musical

The Walls are Closing In   It’s all my fault that now I hear their death – their screams of pain within their final breath.     No, we are alive. And thanks to you, we’ll get out. A whole song about such a literal event?  Songs in musicals, even if they are showpiece numbers attached closely to what is happening on stage, have to be about the hopes and…