So what’s the rule on clever references to song lyrics in a newspaper editorial about a music company?
Use them sparingly. Oh, so very sparingly.
Is it possible to go overboard?
Lex said on April 2, 2004 at 9:40 am
I don’t frequent the Freep’s editorial page, so I must ask: Is there any chance the wretched excess was intentional, in the way that some people just pile on bad puns for the pleasure of hearing other people groan?
Nance said on April 2, 2004 at 9:56 am
As you well know, Lex: Anything’s possible. But this is not a page known for its kittenish sense of humor, either.
alex said on April 2, 2004 at 10:31 am
Before I clicked the link I was anticipating something not half as god-awful, perhaps the occasional News-Sentinel stinkeroo where the conceit’s as lame as the opinion.
But c’mon. It’s in a Detroit paper and it’s about Motown. I’d say it’s probably the one and only exception to the rule.
Bob said on April 2, 2004 at 12:17 pm
My most vivid Motown-associated memory is of the drag queen in the apartment above me, rehearsing in the middle of the night.
deb said on April 2, 2004 at 12:31 pm
yeah, it’s detroit and it’s motown, but god — is THAT how you pay tribute? i couldn’t read past the first paragraph.
michael G said on April 2, 2004 at 9:20 pm
You guys have obviously never read the sports pages. They’re full of this dreck. Also look at all the crap written about Martha Stewart. I defy any one of you to find an article about her troubles that’s not full of cutsy wutsy crap. Not counting the exhaustive analysis in Slate. I don’t frequent the “Freep” so I don’t know anything about their writers, but this has to be some kind of silly parody thing . . . doesn’t it?
kirk said on April 8, 2004 at 9:16 pm
why, why, why do people in the media insist on insulting the intelligence of their readers/viewers with incessant barrages of junior-high wordplay? it’s not clever; it’s not funny. it’s just pathetic. whoever wrote that crap should be relieved of his/her fingers.
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