wendylbolm

Tasteless journalism or a stroke of genius?

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2007 at 11:40 pm

New York Post headline

Thanks, Feministing, for the heads up.

I first heard of Turner’s death in a sweatshop bookstore I work for. While processing loads of books, I heard loads of jokes just as tasteless as the news was passed around.

So, is the New York Post wrong in describing Turner’s death in such a manner? Is this an example of the lowest of the low journalism has to offer?

I think it’s a sign of what news outlets are going to have to do to grab web readers’ attention. What we’re doing now (as a whole) isn’t working, and this headline forced me to the Post’s Web site. Even better, it’s forced readers into a conversation, which is what journalism is supposed to do but doesn’t.

So far today, 30 Feministing readers have logged on to discuss the matter and/ or show their outrage through comments. Think of the reaction The Post would have received if they opened up the conversation on their own page.

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  1. The headline didn’t sink in at first as I just read the article and kinda shrugged.Then it jumped out at me.Have you ever exchanged jokes with your co-workers or friends?Everyone is laughing and getting more relaxed.The jokes get a bit more risque.Then someone tells that one joke that just goes a little…too far.Everyone knows it, including the person who just said it.That’s kinda what this is.I know they probably thought they were being clever but……no.Just no.

  2. I’ve worked in a month-long Halloween attraction where bawdy, risque jokes abound, and the jokes that would get someone fired in a normal work setting are pretty normal. For example: a supervisor found a “Feel This” sticker, stuck it on his crotch, and walked around with his hands on his hips; he’d walk right up to people sitting down so his crotch was at eye level and start a conversation. So, I’m kind of spoiled.

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