Top 11
Top 11 Things Geeks Would Do After Being Rescued from a Mine
How White and Nerdy Are You?
Bush Proposes Faith- Based Firewalls for Government Computers
Microsoft Purchases Evil From Satan
Slashdot Story Generator
Which OS Are You?
Teen Using MySpace to Lure Bands to Los Angeles
The BBook of Geek
Mental Floss
Geek Press
Wil Wheaton
Jonathan Coulton
Jokes Gallery
Funny Pictures
More Links

Tuesday, January 30 12:01 AM EST

Time Warner Faces Sellout Accusations

By Brian Briggs

New York - Time and other Time Warner magazines are now facing accusations that it has "sold out" to AOL in the recently approved merger.  Whether they will be able to uphold their editorial standards in the face of pressure from their new master, has also come into question.

"I remember back a few years when Time was the voice of the new generation.  Now after the merger it's nothing but George Bush this and George Bush that," said one disgruntled youth.  "Or maybe I'm thinking of Mother Jones, I get those two confused sometimes."

Compromised?Many of today's baby boomers pine for the days when Time was a relatively unknown magazine.  Ray Fontana said, "The magazine was much more special back in the days of JFK.  I really felt a connection.  I could go read it in a small club, it was really very intimate. Now it's just so commercialized, and this merger isn't helping."

Others question if People magazine and Sports Illustrated will be able to keep their journalistic integrity intact.  Media watchdog Harold Bass said, "Is Steve Case now going to appear as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in America, or on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue?  Those are legitimate concerns that every conscientious American should have."

Since the merger literacy activists have accused People magazine of 'dumbing down' their articles to the level where most AOL content resides.  People's editor-in-chief said she "vehemently denies" such accusations though she wasn't quite sure what 'vehemently' meant.  "Our articles covering Madonna's wedding were full of multi-syllabic words and compound sentences.  You don't find that kind of complexity on AOL."

Only the passing years will tell if the great periodicals of Time Warner will be compromised by the merger, but if the recent cover of People is any indication than we are all in trouble.

More Tech News

Recommend this Story to a Friend

Follow on Twitter Follow Us on Twitter
Facebook Fan Us on Facebook
Amazon Find the BBook


  Politics Contact FAQs

Copyright 1999-2023 by BBspot LLC
BBspot is a tech satire news and geek humor source, and meant to be funny.
If you are easily offended, gullible, or don't have a sense of humor, we suggest you go elsewhere. Those without the geek gene activated should also avoid this site.