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Geekend: Onion Or Real?
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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/23/2014 | 12:15:55 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
@glenbren- Yes, I think photoshop has little place in anything trying to pass itself off as real. Even fashion magazines shouldn't be allowed to use it as far as i'm concerned. Or if you use it, you should have to declare it like a ratings system on an HBO movie.

This picture is rated: SL, BR, UL, and IBT

Slimming, blemish removing, unrealisticlly perfect lighting and impossible body type.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/23/2014 | 12:13:05 PM
Re: Not a bad score
@SaneIT- You are right about presentation. Social media headlines like "This guy gives a violin to a dog and the music he plays will break your heart" are starting to leak into mainstream media. And it is getting harder to tell the difference.

You used to at least be able to count on a "real" news story giving you a more clincial headline like "Dog learns to play violin."
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/23/2014 | 12:08:33 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
@jastro- I assume what they do is cull comedy sites the way Lorne Green checks out improv groups and the internet for SNL cast members. You don't "apply" so much as you get tapped.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/23/2014 | 12:07:15 PM
Re: Internet User Exam and The Driver's License
@louisw900- I like your idea. Sort of a critical thinking test. Most Americans (and I assume this true over the whole world) seem to have a much too inflated idea of their own judgment skills, especially in the face of "facts." 

I honestly don't know how I'd have done on my own test, but like every other American I think I'd have gotten them all right. :)
RobPreston
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6/23/2014 | 12:06:37 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
I thought all but the Taco Bell one were real...as life becomes more of a parody every week.
glenbren
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6/23/2014 | 9:21:47 AM
Re: Real Life or Parody
Photoshop is getting so good that I think one of the great 21st century problems is figuring out what reality looks like.

I'm a big fan of reality. I want real news and real photos. You can wipe the zits off your high school grad picture, but that's as far as it goes. I don't want to be tricked. To me, that's like bullying.
SaneIT
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6/23/2014 | 7:26:14 AM
Not a bad score
I scored 6 of 8 but I swear there was just an article on InformationWeek about collaboration and pizza so that one threw me off.  Sometimes it's not the concept that's crazy it's the way the concept is presented.  The arm wrestler for example has been around for years, he competes in a low weight class so he only does strength work with the one arm.  It seems like a crazy way to be good at something but it is function over form and it seems to work for him.
nomii
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6/22/2014 | 1:58:09 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
It was quite difficult to separate reality from fiction but I was really moved toward pizza buisness and thought that it must be as it was portrayed but to my surprise I was wrong. :) Better luck next time
jastroff
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6/21/2014 | 8:40:57 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
Hmm...the Onion never has any openings, and they don't accept freelance work.
louisw900
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louisw900,
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6/21/2014 | 7:17:03 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody

Are we all migrating to an Onion type of world? What does it mean...and what comes next?

 

@Jastro   I just thought of something, what if your mind changes all "real" headlines into Onion type headlines in your mind ?  

I guess one would be a perfect candidate for employment at Onion.

So not a totally useless talent in the end.

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