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Good Point: 1 November 2007

This isn’t new, but it has only recently come to my attention: The Daily Tar Hell (PDF) from 2 February 2007. It includes stories such as “Faculty scientists discover dinosaurs slain by magic” (“Smith and Potterkins’ diorama shows caped dinosaurs with pointy hats ridden by elaborately dressed humans. The humans would command the beasts in Latin, using phrases such as ‘veni, vidi, vici’ or ‘carpe diem’ to inspire them into battle. The dinosaurs would then use their magical powers to call down meteors from space to act as bombs.”) as well as “Prized Alum Niphong [sic] To Open Ethics Center” (“‘What I like to do is commit crimes myself so I can get into criminals heads — wear their shoes,’ he said. ‘Nothing confuses a jury more than suppressing exonerating evidence and telling your client to dream up new stories every week.'”)

Note: This is, of course satire. This particular piece was perpetrated by the staff of The Technician.

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  1. November 1, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    I remember seeing parodies like this when I was in college, but of course they had to be typeset and printed, just like the real thing. So producing a newspaper parody was as difficult and expensive as producing a real newspaper. The Gamecock used to parody itself in an annual April 1 issue, and there was a free ad-supported satire newspaper called Li’l Bird for a couple of years. But that was about it.

    I’m not surprised that the staff of The Technician was responsible for this parody, but it seems to me that almost anyone could do this sort of thing now, thanks to desktop publishing, the PDF format, and the Web.

    In fact, Hober, I seem to recall that you created a fake tabloid front page once. It was some kind of joke related to World of Warcraft, wasn’t it?

  2. hobershort
    November 1, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Yeah, but that was some years ago. And they consisted entirely of in-jokes. Maybe I’ll link them on a slow news day sometime.

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