This Friday, I was sitting at work listening to NPR when a short feature on hyperlocal blogging came up. Needless to say, anytime the phrase "future of journalism" comes up, as it did, I become somewhat skeptical. The end result of my skepticism was a tweet-off between my friend Sarah (with a few contributions from her husband RJ.) This is a bit inside-baseball for those of you not residing in the five boroughs, so feel free to ask me to further disparage my hometown in the comments. Now, without further ado and in no particular order, a series of potential hyperlocal headlines for Brooklyn:
Gerritsen Beach: Tales of insane backyard wrestling and the east coast's only Juggalos.
Boro Park: Is your sheitel out of style? Summer '10 sheitel street fashion.
Kensington: Is there such a thing as too much tacky fake fur? The results may surprise you. (Answer: No.)
Marine Park: Local stuff do to: nothing.
Sheepshead Bay: Jesus Christ lady you're 55 time to put away the leggings and miniskirt.
Brighton Beach: Tourists: tired of having horrible opinions about Harlem? have we got the neighborhood for you!
Carroll Gardens/Fort Greene: Not Park Slope but an incredible simulation.
East New York: "East Bushwick" is too a neighborhood, realtors say.
Red Hook: Hello? Anyone out there? We have a Safeway. Hello?
Park Slope: Are baby carriages awesome? We survey Frank from down the hall.
...and one for Queens:
Astoria: More shit to do in Astoria because you sure as hell aren't going anywhere and no one is visiting you.
On December 17th, 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions filled in for the Sex Pistols on the still-nascent Saturday Night Live. The band wanted to play Radio Radio. SNL requested Less than Zero. The former was a blast at the power grab corporations were performing on the airwaves and within the record industry during the rise of punk rock, dictating, for all intents and purposes, what was going to be music and what wasn’t. The latter was Costello’s response to an unrepentant interview with former Conservative Member of Parliament Oswald Mosley. Outside of being an MP, Mosley happened to moonlight as the leader of the British Union of Fascists, who gained not insignificant power in the 1930. Considering SNL was an American television show, Costello’s response was perfectly reasonable:
Elvis Costello did not appear on SNL again until twelve years later, in 1989. However, the story isn't over just yet. Twenty-two years after the Radio Radio affair, the dawn was breaking over the new millennium. It was 1999 and SNL was celebrating its 25th anniversary, inviting the Beastie Boys, now Serious Musicians, as the musical guest. They opened with Sabotage...
...and now you know the rest of the story.