Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Rise of the Machines

Folks, that Kriston Capps and Catherine Andrews are the DC area's hottest off-air media types can be stamped with a big ol' OBVS. Though, it should be noted, the voting went down a month before Ryan Avent posted that positively DREAMY new Facebook profile picture of his. I'm guy-crushing on that right now! (Also worth noting: the strangely similar Facebook profile pictures of Amy Argetsinger and Rachel Sklar--they make for a thinking, drinking pair of media titans I refer to simply as SKLARGETSINGER.)

But enough on that. The obviousness of Capps' and Andrews' hottness, is not in doubt. But recently, Farhad Manjoo, over at Salon, took a break from dogging the good people at Diebold to point out that Capps and Andrews won with the help of bots. And? So? Manjoo needs to be more of an it-getter. We're living in a Web 2.0 world! Those hoary old print-media ways of cheating on polls don't just cut it anymore. To ask savvy interweb folks like Catherine and Kriston to not use the considerable reach and resources of Unfogged (rivaled in internet poll rigging only by Ron Paul supporters--and I think we can all agree that it's better that the Unfogged folk weaponize uranium driven cyborgs before the Paulites do) is like asking them to wear a bag over their heads--it denies an essential part of their hottness. Bots and hacks are the essence of hot in the world of New Media. One day, Manjoo will realize that.

Of course, if you want to know what's truly weird about Manjoo's article, it's the odd subliminal subtext that comes through whenever he talks about Catherine. Farhad, if you want to go halfsies on a bastard with Catherine, just get it out in the open, baby!

1 comment:

ryan said...

There's a suck on it, Avent joke here somewhere, but damned if I'm going to be the one to make it.