June 26, 2007

Hip friend replacement.

Slate wants to replace your "hip friend":
Slate V will... help you find the best video produced elsewhere on the Web. Our feature "Did You See This?" will sift and sort the ocean of content already out there and show you the most compelling and exotic videos online. If we do this well, you won't have to wait for that hip friend to e-mail you the link to the latest must-see "water cooler" clip. By putting these Web-video gems all in one place, we hope to help you indulge the voyeur within—and to enable you to waste your time more efficiently.
Are you excited about "Slate V," which is --- we're told, in decidedly unhip language -- "an ordered universe of video, in which all the content has the irreverent wit, sharp intelligence, and counterintuitive insights that have been the hallmarks of Slate the magazine for the past 11 years."

ADDED: I watched this video, with Dear Prudence responding to a letter written by a woman who didn't like her boyfriend's dog. It was cutely put together with animation illustrating the problems -- like the sound the dog makes when she's licking herself -- but there was nothing "counterintuitive" about telling the woman she's got to put up with it or she'll lose her boyfriend! I'd have told the woman not to sleep overnight with her boyfriend. That dog is annoying her the most during the night. Just pleasantly breeze out of there after you've had your fun and let him spend the night with the dog. Shake things up. Or here's another idea, when the dog licks herself, lick yourself. Give him something to think about.

21 comments:

Triangle Man said...

Is the recover time shorter for a hip friend replacement than a hip replacement?

Triangle Man said...

That should be recovery time.

Meade said...

"Or here's another idea, when the dog licks herself, lick yourself."

And then lick your boyfriend, sniff him, chew up his new white shoes, shake off dander and loose hair from head to toe, and dribble little drops of urine on the bed. He does let you on the bed, right?

John said...

I think Emily Yoffe is wonderful and very funny. Her and Klaus's presence almost make up for the presence of that waste of space that is Dalia Lithwick on Slate.

Joan said...

Ann, I think you would make an awesome advice columnist! I think your suggestion to just not spend the night is perfect.

steve simels said...

Slate sucks because it doesn't show vegetable porn.

Or videos of Ann knocking back a glass of wine while watching American Idol.

Boy, are they lame.

PatCA said...

Sounds about as "hip" as when I was 15 and my friend's parents came downstairs to the rec room and tried to dance at the party.

Maxine Weiss said...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/paris_hilton_trash;_ylt=AmL5rpiwbMQFcry8rK8nH2auGL8C

PatHMV said...

This sounds every bit as hip as paying one of the cool kids to be your friend.

Seriously, what are they thinking? Mind you, if I were in charge of product placement marketing, I'd LOVE for a bunch of folks to fall for this. Captive audience. I'd pay Slate V big bucks...

AJ Lynch said...

I agree with Patca. Most MSM folks are middle-aged and that means they ain't hip in the least. Weren't they the company that employed Michael Kinsley forever? Talk about an unhip replacement.

paul a'barge said...

Maxine?

Is there anyone home?

Have you come down with keyboard turrettes?

Richard Fagin said...

I thought blogs were where those of use decidedly UN-hip people who communicate with the written word could, well, communicate. Leave the videos for those who communicate in images. Never the twain shall meet.

froggyprager said...

the Ask Your Doctor About Tequila video is very funny. Thanks hip friend Ms. Slate V.

George said...

The piece about Hillary Clinton's image was less than nothing, on par with Entertainment Tonight.

And John Dickerson...Slate's political correspondent...what are his credentials, other than being handsome?

Revenant said...

And John Dickerson...Slate's political correspondent...what are his credentials, other than being handsome?

He covered politics for Time Magazine for a long time. His qualification for writing about politics is... that he's written a lot about politics.

In short, he's a blogger, only he gets paid.

dave™© said...



...Miz Althouse, your advice sounds like the perfect solution. That is, the perfect advice for someone who wants to spend their dotage watching American Idol all alone while getting smashed on wine from a box.

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Christine Montgomery said...

I thought that the word unhip is relatively new, but I found out that it dates back to 1935. Whooa that's pretty hip for the unhip word.

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Cheers.