Category Archives: Journalism

This “SNL” Cosmo Photo Shoot is…Not So Great, You Guys.

In the first season of 30 Rock, Liz Lemon looks on as her best friend/employee/all-around nuisance Jenna Maroney prepares for a photo shoot. The shoot is for Maxim’s hottest women in comedy issue — of which Jenna came in fourth — so naturally, Jenna is decked out in red lingerie and lace, patiently pausing to allow an assistant to rub oil on her legs. Or, rather, salad dressing. “It gets a better sheen,” Jenna says, excitedly.

“Jenna, this is ridiculous,” Liz counters. “What does any of this have to do with comedy?”

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Thinking Like an Editor: Rolling Stone’s Tsarnaev Cover

tsarnaevThe word of the day is “glamorize.”

According to the people of the Internet, Rolling Stone’s new, controversial cover “glamorizes” Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And they’re angry. It’s a kind of anger we’re all too familiar with anymore, the kind of sweeping fury that the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple so aptly christens the “tedious outrage machine.” And naturally, it’s a subject to which bloggers and reporters and crazies in their basements are flocking, myself included.

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