Sex, emojis & NewsPAPERS

The Times of India attempted to explain to its readers that some emojis can be double entendres for sex. As you can expect, it did not go over very well:

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And here’s a closer view:


I expect there was a big uptick from readers using their new found knowledge.

Read about the reaction here.

I’mma just going to leave this here:

Peach on Apple iOS 11.2


The impact of NewsPAPERS

One of the biggest stories in the USA for the last few weeks has been the mysterious bombing in Austin, Texas. Again, here’s an example of how the Internet may have the immediacy of speed, it has nothing on visual impact.


Exhibit A —  The Statesman’s web page. Ho-hum… almost just another story, except for the ALL CAPS red header.


Exhibit B —  The Statesman’s front page. BAM! People are going to buy this. Some will keep them for years and decades to remember that they survived.


News from NewsPAPERS: Who’d thunk it?

Cold turkey from digital!

I decided to travel back in time. I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers


It has been life changing. Turning off the buzzing breaking-news machine I carry in my pocket was like unshackling myself from a monster who had me on speed dial, always ready to break into my day with half-baked bulletins.

I wish everyone could try this but imagine the cost. As he notes in the article, Print is expensive. I’m betting that Mr. Manjoo was able to expense the cost of the subscriptions.

I totally agree with him on this:

I began to see it wasn’t newspapers that were so great, but social media that was so bad.

… You don’t have to read a print newspaper to get a better relationship with the news. But, for goodness’ sake, please stop getting your news mainly from Twitter and Facebook. In the long run, you and everyone else will be better off.



… singin’ this’ll be the day that I die


A friend of mine sent me this gem from the City A.M., one of London’s free daily business newspapers.

Tip of the hat to the copy editor who wrote that hed.

For those of you who are not up on their US Baby Boomer musical history, this is a clever twist of Don McLean’s 1971 song “American Pie.”

Don’s original lyrics:

Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye

Here’s the song: