Head over to the Daily Dot for a profile of FakePewResearch and comments from Bureau Chiefs Ken Lowery, RJ White, and David Wolkin.
“Did you know that 33 percent of puppies never get hugged?
Or that the top baby names for 2011 were Edward, Harry, Dylan, Chase and Sealteamsix?
If you do, chances are you are one of the more than 13,800 people following @fakepewresearch, a hilarious new parody Twitter account from the minds behind @fakeapstylebook. The account parodies the Pew Research Center, a think tank established in 2004 as a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, known for its public opinion polls and social science research.”
Read the full article.
‘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.)”
Read the full story on SC.edu
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.”
FakeAPstylebook is featured in the Fast Company article, “Secrets To A Successful Fake Twitter Character.”
With a quarter of a million followers between them, the men and women behind a few of the better faux accounts show us how to create and maintain successful, character-driven Twitter feeds.
Other recent mentions:
14 Hilarious Fake Twitter Accounts You Need To Follow (Business Insider)
Ten Great Fake Twitter Accounts (SFWeekly)
Book Review: “Write More Good” is great (Motivated Grammar)
All day today you can ask the Bureau Chiefs questions over on Blood-Red Pencil. How have you lived this long without our advice?
Write More Good is featured in an article on NPR, Laugh Yourself Cool: 5 Funny Books To Beat The Heat by Dan Kois
“Oh, man, it’s so hot out this summer that you have to laugh. No, I mean it — you have to laugh, because if you’re sitting out on the broiling sand reading something funny and you don’t laugh, you bottle it up, it’ll get dangerous quick. In fact, your body temperature will raise 0.001 of a degree for each laugh you fail to emit. (It’s just science.) That may not seem like much, but if you stifle your giggles throughout the course of any of the titles on our Funny Summer reading list, you’re liable to suffer heat prostration within minutes.”
Check out the comments about Write More Good here.