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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Honey, I shrunk the baby

SCENE FROM SLATE.COM'S EDITORIAL OFFICE:

Editor: Come on, people. We need story ideas! Stories directed at anxious parents! Those are so hot right now!

Writer #1: What about a series of pieces from middle-class moms where they complain about their nanny problems? Those always get readers up in arms.

Editor: Nah, Salon's cornered the market on those. And besides, they're so 2004.

Writer #2: How about an alarmist piece that tenuously connects an ailment or disorder that parents worry about with a common household object?

Writer #3: Yeah! Like, um, ADD and antibacterial soap!

Writer #2: Or influenza and, uh, cats!

Writer #1: What about autism and TV?

Editor: Brilliant! Run with it! But we need another story. These alarmist pieces tend to be seven-day wonders. We want to pack a one-two punch with a follow-up story that makes the autism/TV story look like actual science.

Writer #2: How about a story about kids who see shrinks?

Writer #3: How about a story about BABIES who see shrinks?

Editor: Genius! Magnificent! Raises all around! Except for you, #2. You're fired.

2 Comments:

  • At 9:33 AM, Blogger Kelly said…

    W-O-W!

    The media moguls sure are looking to strike fear in the hearts of parents everywhere, aren't they?

    I HATE that they come up with a "tag line" first, and develop the story based on the idiot-idea the "journalist" had.

    At least everyone know they shouldn't believe what they read.

    Hacks! Gawd.

     
  • At 2:19 PM, Blogger Melissa said…

    Well, A came with me to therapy for the first six months of her life (until she started being too active to sit through a 50-minute session), so I guess I am at the forefront of this trend! (I mean, technically we were talking about ME, but I'm sure some of it rubbed off on her.)

    Oy. The silliness.

     

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