Glynn Marshes writes:
So a few days ago, in the comment thread on “What’s wrong with white boys playing the blues,” jr dismissed the LA Weekly article cited as an “exercise in trolling.”
Now comes the New York Times, in a piece titled “Men, Who Needs Them” by Greg Hampikian.
The bait comes in paragraph 5 with the we’re-not-in-Kansas-anymore claim that “women are both necessary and sufficient for reproduction, and men are neither.”
Oh. Hold on! There’s a caveat a little later. It turns out women do need “some very odd tiny cells” that men “shed.” But not to worry. The cells are easy to obtain and store, and we women can impregnate ourselves at our personal discretion and leisure. Using turkey basters. Or straws.
Anyway. Taken together w/ the LA Weekly piece, it makes me wonder: is trolling now an accepted marketing strategy for struggling mainstream papers?
And if so, what are the rules?
“Anything for attention,” maybe?
Or: “If our core readers believe we’re publishing this in good faith, we can pull it off”?