Thursday, November 16, 2006

Jon Stewart, Craig's List and Waterboarding

By now, we've all realized that the term "waterboard" isn't some surfer slang used in California. It's a term used for a particular type of torture. Jon Stewart was as funny as ever last night, bringing waterboarding and Craig's List into the same sentence. One of Jon's fake news correspondents decided to lampoon CNN's waterboard demonstration by volunteering to be the torturer instead of the torturee. His victim? He said it was a guy "responding to a fake Craig's List ad." I guess writers aren't the only ones aware of job board scams, and if it had been a writer on the show, we would have wrote the joke to say it was "someone who had listed a fake Craig's List ad!"

What is it about Portland? Dawn Weinberger, a freelancer in Portland, sent me a couple of ads to post to the blog today. Unfortunately, one had already been removed by the poster. Sadly, it was probably because the poster received too many replies. The other one is an ad for HISQuarterly, a new upscale mens online magazine. The ad is seeking music, book, advice, sports and health columnists:

"We are specifically interested in new and/or unknown writers for this concept. The website will also feature a pay area in which readers may download a digital copy of HIS Quarterly, view additional articles, follow up materials for the last edition of the magazine, and additional images from the magazine pictorials.

If chosen for this uncompensated position, you will receive a submission schedule for your column, a byline, and a steady place on the internet for your work to be featured in the public domain."

Ah, so the publisher pays his rent, utilities, Internet provider, maybe a website designer while taking in money from the paid portion of his site - but he can't pay the writers who will draw readers to the site?
Where do I sign up?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I've always wanted my very own submission schedule...

7:07 PM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:28 PM CST  
Blogger Kristen King said...

Uh, does this guy know what "public domain" means? Or does he think we don't?

9:41 AM CST  

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