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January 2, 2004 3:35 AM   Subscribe

Mutual Funds - Out, Google's IPO - In. Letting Your Boyfriend Videotape It - Out, Letting A Major Network Videotape It - In. Segway - Out, Honda Ruckus - In. A sampling from the Washington Post's List for 2004...
posted by bluedaniel (21 comments total)

 
Yea yea, I know, it's another annual "list." But some of the comparisons are rather clever, such as Overscheduled Kids - Out, Unrestricted Playtime - In. Homeland Security - Out, Social Security - In, and Lettuce-Wrapped Hamburgers - Out and Cheeseburger-Flavored Fries Made of Meat In.
posted by bluedaniel at 3:43 AM on January 2, 2004


I liked the intro to the list as much as the list itself.
posted by nofundy at 4:38 AM on January 2, 2004


Would it have killed them to include links?
posted by ColdChef at 4:52 AM on January 2, 2004


OUT sensible meifi posts IN pointless wastes of time.
posted by delmoi at 5:05 AM on January 2, 2004


...everything on our List has already (already?!) been griped about and refuted on somebody's smarter-than-thou blog.

Or is about to be griped about and refuted.
posted by orange swan at 6:16 AM on January 2, 2004


ColdChef - the article appeared in the paper first, so didn't have links. Maybe the person in charge of coming up w/ links was off when they did the web version.
posted by drobot at 6:21 AM on January 2, 2004


Or is about to be griped about and refuted.

Well, at least they're being honest for a change. Blogs scare the bejesus out of journalists. I'm still not entirely sure why.

But the truly strange thing to see here is how the Post is riffing with alt-weekly angst. The article comes across as a desperate effort to get down with the kids and broaden a subscription base. Which is odd coming from the paper that once produced Woodward and Bernstein. What next? Dan Savage writing a cover story for the Sunday NYT Magazine? Something akin to last year's ridiculous infamous Klosterman review appearing in the Wall Street Journal?
posted by ed at 6:29 AM on January 2, 2004


James Carville-Out
Gollum-In

[spews coffee at monitor] Sweet jeebus, there is an uncanny resemblance between them.
posted by MrBaliHai at 7:26 AM on January 2, 2004


Dang. I don't know many (too many?) of the references on that list, or at least I don't understand the reference on many of them.

Am I getting old, or do I just need to get out more often...? Heh.
posted by davidmsc at 7:41 AM on January 2, 2004


Out: Catty. In: Snarky.
posted by ilsa at 8:52 AM on January 2, 2004


James Carville-Out
Gollum-In


Spooky.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:57 AM on January 2, 2004


The article comes across as a desperate effort to get down with the kids and broaden a subscription base.

It's humor, by and for people who find it difficult to keep up with the latest whatever. The Post's Style section is full of it.
posted by sudama at 9:05 AM on January 2, 2004


OUT "Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture"
IN "My Milkshake Brings All The Boys to the Yard"

I just saw that video (milkshake one), yipes, call it porn. or something like that.
posted by tomplus2 at 9:38 AM on January 2, 2004


MrMoonPie, makes you wonder why Peter Jackson spent all that money and time on the character, doesn't it?
posted by billsaysthis at 10:49 AM on January 2, 2004


MetaTalk: OUT
AskMetaFilter: IN
posted by wendell at 11:14 AM on January 2, 2004


The oddest thing about that list is that many of the things that are allegedly in for 2004 were the things that were in already in during 2003, and are now well on their way out. A couple of them are funny (Carville/Gollum especially), but mostly I agree with ed and sudama; this is just sad.
posted by realityblurred at 11:17 AM on January 2, 2004


not as sad as Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cooking. I just saw that show for the first and last time. In? Not if I have anything to do with it.
posted by archimago at 11:48 AM on January 2, 2004


ColdChef: Yes, it would have killed them to include links. Newspaper writers are, in general, so deathly allergic to links that their copy must be placed in a plastic baggie, and carried by a well-scrubbed robot to a remote location where skilled HTML technicians manipulate it via a complex series of waldoes, gingerly cramming the precious, precious prose into markup containers to be placed on the web by a blind monk called Skippy.

Well, that or nobody told them it's the 21st century yet.
posted by arto at 3:11 PM on January 2, 2004


ColdChef - the article appeared in the paper first, so didn't have links. Maybe the person in charge of coming up w/ links was off when they did the web version.
If they had linked it why would waste your time reading the "tid pits of news" usually found on page 2. Now realize why I'm in the same crowd as davidmsc, "corporate america"'s news: Pairs Hilton: a dumb rich blonde; once upon a time, a romantic bedroom location.
posted by thomcatspike at 3:36 PM on January 2, 2004


OUT: Remixes IN: Guitar solos

Damn straight. If there's one thing that's missing from music today, it's guitar solos. I have a feeling there's another wave of good music over the horizon, and it's gonna get back down to some good old classical, kick-ass rockin' talent. No more of this corporate junk.

OUT: The Strokes, Segway, The NBA, Rocawear

Awesome. Don't let doorknob hit'cha on the way out!

IN: Jack Johnson

Yup, he rocks.
posted by tomorama at 7:36 PM on January 2, 2004


OUT "Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture"
IN "My Milkshake Brings All The Boys to the Yard"

I just saw that video (milkshake one), yipes, call it porn. or something like that.


I hope David Myers dies a horrible death. He has zero sense of finese.
posted by delmoi at 6:08 AM on January 3, 2004


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