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October 20th, 2004


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02:18 am
Ahh, SlashDot is amusing sometimes. Here's a series of comments that I saw recently (edited by me, mostly to tidy up the layout for LJ).




Re:What a surprise (Score:5, Insightful)
by Dr. Dew (219113) Alter Relationship on Monday October 18, @10:49PM (#10560159)



The Yahoo printing of the press release is not a bad thing. It's clearly marked as a press release. If you want to pay your $600 to BusinessWire, you too can post a press release announcing that "monkeys will shoot out of my nether eye in my office at midnight tonight." Yahoo will pick it up and run it in its financial news section, because that's what it does with press releases as they come along the wire.

This is a good thing - pre-Web, getting your hands on a company's press releases was more time consuming and sometimes expensive. I prefer being able to research what a company says about itself. Of course, believing what a company says about itself is another matter, but why would a person read something marked "press release" without a skeptical eye?

Did you know, for example, that the people quoted in press releases generally don't say what they're quoted as saying? No indeed, even if multiple companies are involved, a marcom person wrote the thing, ran it by someone else's marcom person, got approval, and put it out on the wire. In some cases, the quoted person doesn't even know they've been quoted. "I'm very excited about the prospect of monkeys flying out of UrgleHoth's nether eye," said Dr. Dew. "I'm just glad they're not going to fly out of mine."

And I'm puzzled what your problem is with the Wired piece. The writer clearly states the claims as "claims" - so carefully, in fact, that I was more skeptical after reading it than I was before.

That said, I wouldn't complain if news sources did a better job aggregating related stories so that it's as easy to find out that someone's a pathological liar as it is to find out whatever they said before it was verified as a lie.


I [heart] /. (Score:3, Funny)
by sczimme (603413) Alter Relationship on Monday October 18, @11:36PM (#10560464)


"I'm very excited about the prospect of monkeys flying out of UrgleHoth's nether eye," said Dr. Dew. "I'm just glad they're not going to fly out of mine."

Only on /. would a post about nether-monkey-flight be modded to +5, Insightful. That, my friends, is the beauty of free speech.

/Kidding
/Or am I?


Re:I [heart] /. (Score:3, Insightful)
by HughsOnFirst (174255) Alter Relationship on Tuesday October 19, @02:18AM (#10561344)


Only on /. would a post about a post about nether-monkey-flight be modded to +5, Insightful.
That, my friends, is the beauty of free speech.

Re:I [heart] /. (Score:5, Insightful)
by Thing 1 (178996) Alter Relationship on Tuesday October 19, @03:21AM (#10561733)


Only on /. would a post about a post about a post about nether-monkey-flight be modded to +5, Insightful.
That, my friends, is the beauty of recursion.

Re:I [heart] /. (Score:5, Insightful)
by balster neb (645686) Alter Relationship on Tuesday October 19, @04:02AM (#10561968)


Only on /. would a post about a post about a post about a post about nether-monkey-flight and the beauty of recursion be modded to +5, Insightful.
That, my friends, is the beauty of Slashdot.

Now mod this insightful, please.


Re:I [heart] /. (Score:3, Funny)
by shiftless (410350) Alter Relationship on Tuesday October 19, @05:23AM (#10562420)


On on /. would a post about a ... ah fuck it, just give me my free karma!!




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