[Reader-list] [Announcements] April 1: Wiki Satire

Mark Marino markcmarino at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 11:56:47 IST 2008

Announcing the April 1 issue of Bunk Magazine and soliciting writers to
contribute satirical posting to a fictional wiki newspaper.

The premise: The Los Angeles Times, to save its flagging enterprise, has
relaunched itself in an entirely wiki format as The Los Wikiless Timespedia.


The piece plays with the mode of wikis and is a consideration of how old
media producers get new media wrong.

We're specifically looking for media-specific parodies, poking fun at wiki
features and wiki culture:
*Revert Wars
*Talk Pages
*Interwiki links

You can already see examples of contested articles, articles accidentally
pasted in help pages, odd comments in the update histories.

Of course there is also plenty of room for wiki parodies of newspaper
content. The issue already includes: Want Ads, Comics, DIY Obituaries, Kids
soccer reports, and more.

The feature is currently up but goes live as the home page April 1, and it
will remain the Bunk front page for at least 6 months. Afterwards it will
enter the hallowed Bunk archives.

Please join us in some cyber-satire.  This is online humor that everyone can

Participation guidelines below.

This marks the 10th anniversary of Bunk Magazine!

Mark Marino
Bunk Magazine
Writing Program
University of Southern California

How to Play

1. Create and Account (feel free to use ridiculous pseudonym)
2.  Type the name of a new article in the box on the front page
3. Press the Button
4. Write the article
5.  Choose the newspaper category for the article.

Or just edit an existing article.

Once you are done, give yourself credit by adding to the "contributors" list
on the masthead on the front page.

If you write an article for a category that does not exist, let us know, or
create the category page if you know how to do that.
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