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March 12, 2004

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Bill Peschel

At the risk of getting a frowning letter from the New York Times, an easier way would be to use a free program to take a snapshot of the page. Then, you can import it into any art program like PhotoShop and make your modifications that way. This is especially easy if all you want to do is overlay your own photo over one of theirs.

ErikZ

That's a horrible idea. If it ever becomes popular, you'll blow though your bandwidth limit almost instantly. After that you'd end up owing quite a bit of money to your ISP.

His first suggestion is fine.

Dustin

Dont forget that good satire is clearly satrie. make sure that your modifications make it celar that you are making satrie.

i suppose having a responsible corrections page is clearly not the NYT, but rememebr how the original satire had a nice paragraph at the end, just to be sure

good luck

anon

Even easier; on most modern browsers, visit a page, go to your File menu and hit "Save page as..." (or whatever looks similar to that), and save the "Complete Web Page" (or whatever looks similar to that option). You'll get the HTML and all pictures, stylesheets, Javascript, etc. necessary to view that web page, all nicely relatively linked and ready to be tweaked and uploaded at will.

I have a handful of pages I've personally archived this way in case they ever leave the net. So far, none have, but if they do I'm ready. This is also a great way to tweak a weblog template or something with the "live data"; you can grab the entire page and make all your changes completely off-line, but seeing how it affects your real site. I do pretty much all my template changes on my personal site this way now.

Cecil Turner

Back on the "parody as protected speech" issue, I think the problem with this particular example is that it's not funny. It's clearly parody, but in order to generate laughs, there must be some possibility of mistaking it for reality (if only for a moment), so you get the "aha!" realization when you twig to the fact it's a joke.

There may be a universe in which the NYTimes corrects columnists' errors, and the name of one of their columnists isn't a colloquialism for misleadingly twisted quotations. But this isn't it--and nobody with access to the internet is going to be fooled for a second. So unless one can come up with something a little more plausible (e.g., the Onion's "Study: 58 Percent Of U.S. Exercise Televised"), perhaps satire ought to be left to professionals.

Howie

I'm with Dustin and Cecil Turner. The extent of Cox's creativity seems to be his ability to use the right button on his browser. His amateurish efforts would probably have gone largely ignored, had the Times not chosen to try to make an example of him. So, with the exception of the legal context, he has graduated from obscurity to a subject of derision.

Insufficiently Sensitive

Derision is better directed at the blokes who choose to snipe at Cox, rather than acknowledging well-deserved criticisms of the Times' gaping hole where a corrections policy should be.

Stumax

I don't think parody actually has to make you laugh, does it? I think all parody has to do is intend to mock, deride, or ridicule its target.

Of course, it's a lot better when it's funny.

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