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April 2009
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Quote from front page of Slate:
LINE of the DAY
"The human need to anthropomorphize has made possible extended Hollywood careers for Lassie, Flipper, Willy of Free Willy, Babe, Mr. Ed, Benji, and Clint Eastwood's orangutans, just to name a few."
HOW TO WRITE A HIT ARTICLE
By Jack Shafer


For some reason I thought this was going to be a Joke, it had the perfect setup, but let down by not being a joke.

Here is my take:
The human need to anthropomorphize has made possible extended Hollywood careers for stars like, Lassie, Flipper, and Paris Hilton, just to name a few.

Of course saying Paris Hilton has had an extended Hollywood career might seem like a stretch, but for her longer than 5 minutes is extended.
Actually Paris just seems fun to bash, since I don't watch TV I have no idea what she is like, I just couldn't fill in the blank right now. I am sure someone will pop to mind later.

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Comments

My response to the Slate article is a little different:

(1) It seems as if the Slate writer is unhappy that he wasn't clever enough to write such a popular article as the one in the NY Times.

(2) The Times article was about theriomorphism, which is ascribing animal traits to humans, the opposite of anthropomorphism.

(3) The Slate writer complains that the Times article is just another example of male-bashing. But if he'd read the article all the way, he'd see that the Times writer notices that the tables are being turned on her.

BTW, I have no idea who Paris Hilton is either, except that she's an heiress who was the subject of a lot of spam I was getting last year about some porn video she made with her boyfriend. Yawn.