NO: Friends Next by rachels
April 20, 2008, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Internet

In Friends Next, all your lives and circles of relationships are collapsed. Extreme cases of friend mash-ups resemble the barroom scene in “Star Wars.”



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“Call it Friends Next.”

Let’s not, Joel. And furthermore, I’m yet again amazed by the Post‘s ability to put its finger on the pulse of a phenomenon that’s been alive since (at least) 2003.

Comment by kyletm

Oh Joel really, really wants you to call it Friends Next, kyletm. Why else would he have used the term 14 times in the article? (Yes, I counted.) Looks like someone’s taking a desperate stab at coining a new term…for a phenomenon that is, as you mentioned, hardly new and/or buzzworthy.

Joel also used a dictionary definition in the article, a classic example of lazy writing which wouldn’t even fly in a first-year college course. Luckily for Joel, this is only the Post.

And finally, on a purely sci-fi geek note:
It’s not a barroom, Joel. It’s the Mos Eisley Cantina. I mean, really! Are you telling me your fact checkers don’t verify the names of fictitious locations before going to press?!?

Comment by thatjasonguy

I think the Star Wars analogy definitely adds to the article’s “What decade are you living in?” appeal. And that is its only appeal.

Comment by rachels

And need I even mention the “scholar” at UC Berkeley who insists on not capitalizing her name? Seriously, academia, do you EVER do yourself any favors?

Comment by kyletm

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