J-school today: from a dying medium to a dead horse

June 4th, 2009 · 119 comments

This note — spotted by Erik in a break room at Northwestern‘s Medill School of Journalism — takes me back to my days as a bright-eyed young reporter cheerfully slaving away at my college daily, where the grizzled old alumni “mentors” working at the Times or the Globe always seemed to have the same advice:  if we were smart, we’d get the hell out of journalism before it was too late. (“Ha ha,” we’d laugh, awkwardly.) It’s somehow reassuring to know that kids today (“kids today!”) are still blithely ignoring their elders to pursue a degree that just might be the most unnecessary in higher education.

But seriously now. At this point, you’re like, “What is this biotch rambling on about? Doesn’t she know I don’t read text longer than 140 characters at a time? Show me the picture, dammit!” And that, young j-schoolers, is the topic of next week’s lecture.

from medill journalism school: put your twitter articles here so you can stop spamming our inboxes

related: the silverware segregationist

extra credit: the twitter explosion [american journalism review]

FILED UNDER: Chicago · college life · kids today · thanks (but not really) · xoxo


119 responses so far ↓

  • #1   racerx2233

    There are no magnets big enough to hold my comments

    Jun 4, 2009 at 12:39 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   racerx2233

      mmmmmmmmmmm pizza

      Jun 4, 2009 at 12:40 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   park rose

      Ain’t no magnets high enough,
      Ain’t no rivets wide enough…

      Jun 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Flaboy2425

    I neither twitter nor tweet but I can certainly use the magnets. Thank you! What a nice graduation gift. I really wanted three.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 12:43 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Canthz_B bang

      “You just put your lips together and…blow.”

      Jun 4, 2009 at 1:06 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Blow is still only a figure of speach. Here let me show you.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Canthz_B bang

    It’s nice to know that with all that is going on in the world today, (War, Famine, Global Warming, Political Corruption), J-students are preparing themselves so well…to cover Hollywood.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 12:58 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Canthz_B bang

    This was really a whole-heartedly felt message.

    That is, until the half-hearted ending!

    Jun 4, 2009 at 1:15 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   lightspeed

    Please tell me who posted this so I know to whom I should forward every email chain letter, facebook quiz, video and twitter.

    No wait, don’t – it makes for better twittering to wonder who put this up. (pulls out iphone…)

    Thank you.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 2:02 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   V-

    Look at the greasy fingerprints! Did someone try to type a response?

    Jun 4, 2009 at 2:49 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Cordelia bang

      They’re probably the result of the pizza that came with the pizza magnet!

      Jun 4, 2009 at 7:43 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   TheOldSchool

    Medill does cost $36,735 per year.

    Repeat:

    Me dildoes cost $36,735 per year.

    Where’s the bang for the bucks?

    Jun 4, 2009 at 3:14 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   park rose

      The repercussions are still being felt.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 3:56 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   park rose

    Whenever I read an article, text on the written page, a book even (imagine that in the voice of Snagglepuss). . . if I am searching for a word or a reference, I reach for the ctrl + F button, and get very frustrated when it’s not available, and I have to put my very rusty skimming and scamming, spamming scanning skills to use.

    Luckily I usually only subject my students to such antiquated, but effective, forms of torture. Sorry that this post is more than 140 characters.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 3:22 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   TheOldSchool

      Rose, you have 140 students? And I thought OUR class-sizes were large.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 3:26 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   park rose

      The post I use to torture them with has 140 plus characters, or tails. Each cat was so individual.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 3:36 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   park rose

    I think that we should attempt to define the 140 most magnetic characters of all time.

    I’m stuck in cartoon world at the moment, so I’m running with
    *Homer Simpson
    *Pepe le pew
    *Snagglepuss
    *Marvin the Martian
    and the
    *Yip-Yips

    but NOT

    *Foghorn Leghorn
    or
    *Yosemite Sam
    or
    *Ren
    or
    *Stimpy,
    though
    *Terrance
    and
    *Phillip
    might qualify…

    Jun 4, 2009 at 3:32 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   GhostWriter bang

      How can a list of such importance not yet contain the name of the mutant Magneto?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:03 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   Woman on the Verge bang

      Iron Man, baby!

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:05 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Wolverine! *drool*

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:53 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   GhostWriter bang

      Remember when James Bond picked up Jaws with a big electromagnet?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.5   oi bang

      spiderman! the best superhero ever! brave and nerdy what more can ask for?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:12 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.6   unholyghost2003 bang

      this seems to be devolving into “What comic book character do you want to fuck?”

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:39 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.7   oi!

      damn! and I thought I was subtle or
      uhg is too clever?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:47 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.8   GhostWriter bang

      In that case, it’s Bugs Bunny, when he wore a dress and played Girl Bunny.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.9   park rose

      I was going to mention that (I like me some men in dresses ;) or wisecracking rabbits, at least… hmm… what am I saying? )

      I had a huge crush on the fox (Robin Hood?) in Disney’s animation of the film. I was only six, mind you…I think my affections were age-appropriate.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.10   claw71 bang

      Comics are different. You can sneak them up to the attic, put on your older sister’s prom dress and flog your bishop like a man possessed. My personal auto-erotica? One Veronica Lodge.

      Let’s be honest, Betty was more striking. For some unexplainable reason we’re always drawn to blondes, but even at the tender age of 26 I knew that Veronica was the better lay. Betty was probably easier to get into bed, because blondes are sluts, but once there you pretty much know what you’re going to get: straight-up boring missionary, under the covers with the lights off. Betty’s going to be preoccupied with how she looks during the whole ordeal, even though once you touch uglies looks don’t matter.

      Veronica, on the other hand, has something to prove and while her hair color won’t let her hop in the sack with every frat boy who stares at her tits, once you get her going there’s no shutting it down. Sex with Veronica is rough, wild and life-altering. She’s going to punish you for every guy who looked past her to get a closer look at the towheaded bimbo–punish you with her vagina. Her goal is to leave you beaten battered and breathless on the floor of her bedroom, pulling pubic hair out of your teeth. Then she’ll go take a shower, come back out and demand another round. When Veronica finishes with you, you’ll be a changed man. You’ll walk with a limp and when you piss you’ll have to adjust for windage. Oh yes, Veronica is one hellacious fuck. Everybody knows that.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.11   NewMoon

      Jughead, for obvious reasons.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.12   park rose bang

      Well, when I was imagining a man in a dress it was kind of like Brad Pitt in Fight Club, or maybe even Johnny Depp in Ed Wood , or possibly Divine in Hair Spray, though Iggy Pop in Dead Man is just a bit creepy…like the feeling I get when I imagine Claw in the attic in his older sister’s prom dress … ;)

      Jun 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.13   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Terrance Stamp in Prisilla Queen of the Desert.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.14   oi!

      so are you saying claw needs a dress to be creepy?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.15   racerx2233

      Definitely Thelma from Scooby Doo

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.16   MeToo

      I always had a thing for Optimus Prime. Hey, if you guys can be into pseudo-beastiality, I can dig on a machine, right?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:42 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.17   park rose

      Well then, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch. The bad boy choppers of course. And the hep-cool Cattanooga Cats…

      Jun 5, 2009 at 5:34 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Becky the Dictator

    What I love the most is that in conjunction with the lower half of the red heart border, the two magnets look like the two little googly-eyes of a smiley face.

    : ]

    … Anyone? Anyone?

    Jun 4, 2009 at 3:33 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Joe bang

      I hear you.

      And while you’re drawing attention to the heart-border…shouldn’t a journalism student know something about margins?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 8:21 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   CS harmonikah

      I noticed the smiley face too. Damn you for stealing my thunder.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 8:34 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   GhostWriter bang

      That isn’t a googly-eyed smiley face.

      That’s the money you could be saving at Geico.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 8:50 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   JohnJoshua

      I check this site every day and this is my first post. I just snorted out loud at your comment, GhostWriter. I want to thank all of you for the laughs. I enjoy the comments as much as I enjoy the posts.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:27 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.5   Paisley bang

      I couldn’t help but notice (and appreciate) the unintended googlie-eyed smilie face either…..obviously there are a few of us here that would be labled as ‘slightly wacked’ on a Rorschach test.

      I’m pretty sure that smilie face just said something to me.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:40 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.6   racerx2233

      I don’t see a smiley face, I see TOS …………..w/breasts.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.7   TheOldSchool

      racerx2233,

      It would be nice if we all lived in a magical fantasy-world where there were female versions of me running around (and if they were as “easy” as I am), but, sadly, big pharma hasn’t achieved that much-desired breakthrough … yet.

      For now, we’ll just have to make do with the fantasy.

      (And, no, I won’t shave my chest hair. So don’t ask. I feel awkward enough wearing the wig, pantyhose, high heels and micro-mini. Don’t push your luck.)

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.8   TheOldSchool

      racerx2233,

      It would be nice if we all lived in a magical fantasy-world where there were female versions of me running around (and if they were as “easy” as I am), but, sadly, big pharma hasn’t achieved that much-desired breakthrough … yet.

      For now, we’ll just have to make do with the fantasy.

      (And, no, I won’t shave my chest hair. So don’t ask. I feel awkward enough wearing the wig, pantyhose, high heels and micro-mini. Don’t push your luck.)

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.9   TheOldSchool

      I’ve been doppelgangbanged!

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:59 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.10   TheOldSchool

      Is that all there is?

      Jun 5, 2009 at 12:01 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   park rose

    from a dying medium to a dead horse…
    I think this needs paraphrasing –
    From Tiresias [well, he was getting on, and was blind, to boot] to Seahorse / Stewball/ Pharlap, not to mention Mr. Ed … take your pick.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 3:49 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   unholyghost2003 bang

    Smart J-School students ignoring everything Twitter related. I agree, Ashton’s lunch is not news, but what Downing St just tweeted might be.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 5:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      Lovely 140 character post, uhg!

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:29 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   unholyghost2003 bang

      @WotV TY! And I stand by what I said, just because it is Twitter doesn’t mean it isn’t real news. CNN and 10 Downing St both tweet real news

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:35 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   Mishee™ bang

      I like to follow Joel MacHale, Doug Benson, and Michael Ian Black.

      That’s when you realize that comedians are just plain insane.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   ClearlyDemented

      I don’t know what this person has against Twitter. They’re obviously a natural.

      *waves to my new tweeps*

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:49 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   SuperMe

    i loooooooove me some twitter.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 6:37 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   TheOldSchool

      Then get yourself a “twit whisperer.”

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:05 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   MissMelony

      Twitter FTW

      Jun 5, 2009 at 3:10 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Woman on the Verge bang

    Definition:
    twitter
    twit⋅ter  [twit-er]
    –verb (used without object)
    1. to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird.
    2. to talk lightly and rapidly, esp. of trivial matters; chatter.
    3. to titter; giggle.
    4. to tremble with excitement or the like; be in a flutter.

    So why would anyone want to do something that’s so ridicu – Hang on a sec, I gotta tweet this!

    Jun 4, 2009 at 7:58 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   stickman

    tweet, tweet

    Jun 4, 2009 at 8:09 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   park rose

      rockin’ robin

      Jun 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Resident Grammarian esq bang

    Please, anytime you feel the urge to talk to me, talk to this giant inflatable hand instead. This is so you don’t waste my tim with your jibbering. I’ve even provided chairs for your comfort.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 8:42 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   se

      My tim loves to be jibbered on, and I’m sure she will appreciate the chair.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:13 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Canthz_B bang

    That’s not a sign……that’s the money I saved by switching to GEICO!

    Jun 4, 2009 at 8:54 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      CB, that damn googly eyed money creeps me out every time…

      Jun 4, 2009 at 8:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   Canthz_B bang

      *is secretly relieved that someone got that one. Otherwise the asylum was a distinct possibility! *

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:11 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.3   Woman on the Verge bang

      I always get you, CB ;)

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:28 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.4   GhostWriter bang

      The glory would have all been yours, CB, but for four minutes…

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:59 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.5   Canthz_B bang

      Oh SNAP!! I didn’t even see that this morning!
      I swear it wasn’t there when I scrolled down, then I sat at the bottom trying to think of something to say!

      The honor goes to you, GW

      GMTA :-)

      Jun 4, 2009 at 7:24 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   CS harmonikah

    And i will get on my soap box and add that I refuse to twitter because nothing of any real importance is ever sent in 140 characters from a phone. Oh, my old roommate hates the DMV. Fascinating.

    It makes me think about that episode of the Boondocks cartoon in which a character voiced by Samuel L. Jackson claims that nothing worthwhile has ever been written using your thumbs.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 9:12 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   claw71 bang

      Um, CS? Have you read some of my comments? They make a pretty good case for the contrary.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:37 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   CS harmonikah

      I have. And they don’t.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   Sirius¤ bang

      . – - . – – . . . – - – – . – - . . – - / – . – . – - – – - . / – - . – . . – . . – . – . – . – / . . / – . . . – . . / – . – - – - – . . -

      Jun 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.4   Sirius¤ bang

      Morse and remorse were in a boat. Morse fell out. What are we left with?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 2:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.5   NewMoon

      .- … -.-. .. ..

      Jun 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.6   fluffy8u

      - …. .. … .. … ..-. .-.. ..- ..-. ..-. -.– .—-. … — — .-. … . -.-. — -.. . .-.-.-

      Jun 4, 2009 at 8:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   claw71 bang

    Ah, journalism school…where it takes the better part of four years and $40,000 to learn how to deploy the word “alleged”. Of course the hearts on the note above lead me to believe that the folks at Northwestern might be throwing a few graphic design courses in the curriculum. Those will come in handy when these J-school grads enter the real world and put those degrees to work, in the mail room of some fortune 500 company.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 9:33 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Bunnee

      Now Claw, give some of us J-school graduates some credit. At least when I graduated 16 years ago with a degree in Journalism, I was smart enough to know that “journalists” were a dime a dozen and stuck with my career in banking. I have peace of mind knowing that I make just a teensy bit more than the pittance that journalists make, plus, I am in an industry that is well-respected and stable and…oh, wait. Nevermind. :shock:

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:17 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   JohnJoshua

      Bunnee, I hear you. I was working for a mortgage company that specialized in adjustable rate mortgages (evil), so I left because I was disillusioned. Guess where I decided to go just before the ecomony collapsed? …Mutual Funds! Maybe I should have stuck with my music major…more practical.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:39 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   TheOldSchool

      Doesn’t Medill offer courses in “mail-sorting” and “teaching journalism”?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:09 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   amy d bang

    Tweet and retweet were in a boat Tweet fell out. Who was left?

    Jun 4, 2009 at 10:14 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Mark bang

      Twat?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:44 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   NewMoon

      Yes? Twat can I do for you?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   TheOldSchool

      ttf!

      Jun 4, 2009 at 8:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.4   fluffy8u

      Amy- not Tweet.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 8:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Sarcastraphe bang

    Okay… this isn’t a real passive aggressive note. It is a plant by that prominently displayed pizza company magnet.

    After reading the note, I called the number on the magnet and they said six of you had called too!

    Jun 4, 2009 at 10:14 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Emma

    ILU Twitter.

    Magnets?! That’s not how the darned website works! Let’s be real people: Does this person even KNOW what Twitter is?

    Jun 4, 2009 at 10:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Sarcastraphe bang

      Back in my day people left messages with magnets on the fridge… Yessiree, that was our version of the interwebs

      Now get off my lawn

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:38 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   MAMARILLA2 bang

      What’s wrong with Post-its?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.3   NewMoon

      You kids keep it down out there!

      Jun 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.4   TheOldSchool

      Po has tits?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 8:36 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.5   Canthz_B bang

      No, but Lenore has tits!

      Only those, and nothing more. :-(

      Jun 5, 2009 at 12:36 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.6   Canthz_B bang

      Emma, (s)he probably thinks that Twitter is a means by which people can transmit every meaningless thought that crosses their minds to others, in the blink of an eye, without taking the time to ponder whether or not anyone cares to (or needs to) know what they are thinking at the moment.

      The ignorant bastard!

      Jun 5, 2009 at 12:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.7   park rose bang

      Sarcastraphe, leaving messages with magnets on the fridge, and twittering… poles apart.

      Jun 5, 2009 at 8:43 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   ClearlyDemented

    I back this note-writer wholeheartedly. I mean, why should they be bothered to hit the delete button when they can have others waste time and paper printing things out that wont be read?

    Jun 4, 2009 at 10:40 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   you suck at craigslist

    I’m sick of the “Twitter is the new journalism” articles too, and I’m not even a journalism major.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 10:48 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   claw71 bang

      Yeah. Because there’s no substitution for a newspaper. The startling *thunp* on the front door at 5:30 in the morning, glossy inserts falling out on your front porch, and “news” that’s at least 8 hours old by the time your bleary eyes read it. What could be better?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:57 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   maryssissy

      Our news is old and everyone already knows it by the time the weekly newspaper comes out. It is just written confirmation of the gossip.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Marklar

    Marklar! Nork.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 11:10 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      Marklar! Dork.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.2   park rose

      Marklar works for Marie Claire. He is deeply distressed by the decline in the popularity of the printed press in today’s tweeting world. In order to ease his pain, he repeats, albeit with a somewhat strange accent, the name of the magazine over and over: Mar klar, Mar klar, ma chere… Also, his office is in New York.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.3   Canthz_B bang

      Astronomers have been searching the heavens for decades for a repeating signal transmitted by other life in the universe.
      It finally comes, WordPress deciphers it, and all they said was “Marklar”?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   ClearlyDemented

    I, too, like to try to create a less sterile relationship with spammers. In fact, later this afternoon I’m having someone come over to talk to me about becoming a crime scene investigator, just like on TV!

    Jun 4, 2009 at 11:29 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   oi bang

      If you do then I have an assignment for you. Kill those commercial people. They are trying turn me deaf oh wait.. I thought you wanted to be a hitman.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 11:53 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   RP

    If you don’t want that stuff sent to your e-mail can’t you just turn that feature off?

    I don’t use Twitter but I’d be really surprised if there’s no way to prevent tweets from going to your e-mail.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   claw71 bang

      Are you kidding? Twitter doesn’t just send tweets to your email, they burn them into your soul.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   KatieMB

      If you have a soul, that is….

      Jun 5, 2009 at 9:39 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   Phalange

    I tried to sign up for Twitter once but accidently mispelled and wound up going to a site called “Twatter”. I get the feeling it was a lot better than Twitter.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 1:23 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   park rose

      Twatter is a lot hawter.

      Jun 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.2   Neeners

      Were you twatterpated or twitterpated after the viewing?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:49 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   park rose

    Rupert through the Media Lens,
    or
    How Rupert Selects his Staff.

    Tweetledum and Tweetledee
    Agreed to have a battle;
    For Tweetledum said Tweetledee
    Had scooped his spicy tattle

    Just then flew down a monstrous foe
    In the form of Perez Hilton
    Which frightened both the heroes so
    They had a tweeting meltdown

    `I know what you’re thinking about,’ twitted Tweetledum: `but it isn’t so, nohow.’
    `Contrariwise,’ twitted Tweetledee, `if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.’
    `I was thinking,’ Rupert led very maniacally, `which is the best wayward route of this hood: retreat remitting remark. Cloud, duplicity, conceal?’
    But the little men only looked at each other and grinned.
    They looked so exactly like a couple of great schoolboys, that Rupert couldn’t help pointing his finger at Tweetledum, and praising `First Boy!’
    `Nohow!’ Tweetledum cried out briskly, and shut his mouth up again with a snap.
    `Next Boy!’ said Rupert, passing on to Tweetledee, though he felt quite certain he would only shout out “Contrariwise!’ and so he did.
    `You’ve been wrong!’ cried Tweetledum. `The first thing in a visit is to say “How d’ye do?” and shake hands!’ And here the two brothers gave each other a hug, and then they held out the two hands that were free, to create rants for twitter.

    Perfect candidates.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 3:44 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Sirius¤ bang

      TweetleBeck and O’Reillydee? Brilliant.

      — sent from my iPhone

      Jun 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   oi!

    so J schools today are gay and high?
    *not that there is anything wrong with that*

    Jun 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   fluffy8u

    A magnet is old school Twittering.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   Bernd das Brot bang

    So what is this twitter thing everyone is talking about?

    Jun 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   Neeners

      (RANTING) It’s an annoying message board where people talk to one another about what they are doing at that exact moment like “Hey, I’m constipated” or “I found this great new song I like” then everyone pretends they give a shit and read it when actually it’s just like facebook and myspace, a way for everyone to ‘seem’ cool because they supposedly have a lot of ‘friends’ they have racked up and they never talk to or follow.

      Yes, you guessed right, I’m bitter, I only have a few friends on all three of these sites =-(

      Jun 4, 2009 at 9:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   TheOldSchool

    What was Eric doing in the break room?

    That seems kinda suspicious to me.

    Jun 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   fluffy8u

      Would taking a break be a possibility?

      Jun 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.2   TheOldSchool

      Fluffy,

      I’d like to, but I can’t right now. I’ve got to get this damn comment completed or my PAN prof will kill me.

      I knew I shouldn’t have drank all that pesticide and Dr. Pepper last night.

      Dr. Pepper is laced with carboxymethylcellulose (which has been known to cause hangovers in hungover rats).

      Jun 5, 2009 at 2:25 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   Woman on the Verge bang

    That damn notewriter is such a Twit.

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:44 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   mamason bang

    Oops! I just tweeted. :oops:

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   mamason bang

    So is it… I tweet, you twit, they twat?

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   mamason bang

    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
    I think I tweeted again
    I made you believe we’re more than just friends
    Oh baby
    It might seem like a crush
    But it doesn’t mean that I’m serious
    cause to lose all my senses
    That is just so typically me
    Oh baby, baby

    Oops!…I tweeted again
    I played with your heart, got lost in the game
    Oh baby, baby
    Oops!…you think I’m in love
    That I’m sent from above
    I’m not that into you!

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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