‘Write More Good’: USC Sumter professor joins several writers in spoof of AP Stylebook
“Andrew Kunka’s friends swear they can spot the USC Sumter English professor’s jokes in the spoof handbook “Write More Good.”
Most of the time, Kunka says, they are wrong.
The book was inspired by a Twitter feed started by Kunka and 14 friends across the country who call themselves The Bureau Chiefs. The feed “FakeAPStylebook” was started about two years ago and offers tips such as “Use citrus adjectives to describe the physiques of baseball players: juiced, lime, fresh-squeezed, limoncello, Orangina.” or “Never bury the lede. Cremation is the only way to make sure it’s really dead.” (That one got retweeted more than 100 times.)”
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Fake Pew Research was featured on the Slate culture blog Browbeat, “Like its forebear, @FakePewResearch takes an iconic journalistic tool—in this case, polling data—and throws in just the right amounts of irony, pop-culture geekery, and absurdism. The resulting feed has the flavor of old Onion infographics back when best-selling CDs were still a common subject of conversation.”
The Wall Street Journal Ideas Market also featured FakePewResearch, “You’ve heard of the Pew Research Center, perhaps — purveyor of earnest surveys and reports on various aspects of American life? Well, Twitter has given rise to Fake Pew Research. The feed delivers demographic factoids that are a mite more unusual than the ones promulgated by Real Pew.”
In “84 Percent of Our Followers Like Our Tweets!” The American Journalism Review interviews several Bureau Chiefs.
“A Pew Research Center study on religion in America spawned a Twitter feed that pokes fun at everything from Wolf Blitzer and Jay-Z to geography and ex-girlfriends.
Fake Pew Research launched September 19 and already has nearly 10,000 followers. Like everything he and his fellow Fake AP Stylebook contributors produce, creator Ken Lowery says their goal is to make themselves laugh. And if they entertain other people in the process, even better.”
The Bureauchiefs have launched a new twitter feed, available for you at http://twitter.com/#!/fakepewresearch.
The Atlantic comments “Fake Polls Aren’t as Funny as Fake Grammar Tips.”
All day today you can ask the Bureau Chiefs questions over on Blood-Red Pencil. How have you lived this long without our advice?
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Ken Lowery created a blurb poster for Transformers 3 which is a thing of joy and beauty.
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Andrew Weiss on Phantasy Star 4
Mike Sterling on a box of comics in “Excellent” condition
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Bureau Chief RJ White of Fake Criterions fame is interviewed on Salon.com:
“Not every movie is a masterpiece. But all movies deserve the chance to look like one. That at least is the concept behind Fake Criterions, a popular Tumblr that takes reader submissions for films that should get remade as part of the Criterion Collection series. With theme months and challenges, the site has quickly become one of the more popular user-submitted Tumblrs out there (and was included in Matt Zoller Seitz’ slide show of best movie fan art). We wanted to know a little bit more about the criteria that went into to choosing a “fake” Criterion, so we talked to co-founder RJ White on the qualifications of this new faux-art form.”