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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Y@ Speak: A 'more robust' edition

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

This holiday-delayed Y@ Speak starts off with delightful tweets about sperm cake, a sex clown and a cat named "Money Chicken," but takes a dark turn with reactions to that news from last week.

Excuse me while I get personal for a second. As someone who grew up here (in Metairie, specifically), the Times-Picayune has been one of those inextricable aspects of my life that I, admittedly, have taken for granted at times. Having the paper around the house was how I learned to read. It's how I learned I wanted to be a writer. It's also how I learned there was no such thing as Santa Claus — from a Living section article titled, I'm pretty sure, "How to tell your child there's no such thing as Santa Claus' — because I was a bit too precocious a child. This weekend, my dad — an avid consumer of local news — made a joke that when he dies, "he's not going to find out about it until Wednesday."

Working for The Maroon at Loyola University, I worked with and befriended several talented, insanely dedicated journalists who would go on to do incredible work at the T-P (I'd named them all here but I'm afraid I'd leave someone out). Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of meeting — or just becoming Twitter buds with or crushing on from afar — some other writers from the staff whose work I admire. It's a shame that after all their hard work, some during those chaotic, post-Katrina days, they learn the news of their employer's cutbacks through a blog on the goddamn New York Times. Working for the alt-weekly comes with gentle ribbing of the Grande Dames of media at times, but I — and the rest of us, I'm sure — sincerely hope the best for all of the T-P folks. You deserve better.

Anyway, here's some tweets.

Y@ Speak 5/21-28

Storified by Gambit · Tue, May 29 2012 12:12:25
Sperm cake at Wal-Mart Martin
First one was funny but now I've found two sex clown cards in my apartment maloney
Mayor reeling off all the major events the city has hosted. Sounds almost like a rap song when strung together like that. #NOLASOTCScott Satchfield
If Klout was trying to impress me, suggesting I'm influential about "cats" was not the right approach. #WTHRobert Morris
Lost cat, answers to "Money Chicken". #irishchannel #eighthandlaurel Superstar
Just heard on the scanners—"Man says a neighbor is trying to rob his soul (pause) by putting chicken blood on his front porch." Okay..karen swensen
NOLA: Colin Cowherd is a dolt. His bloviations are no more worthy of your time than those of the wheelchaired Jesus freak at Canal/Decatur.Brett
Our 8-inch Wednesdays inspired "50 Shades of Grey." 8" pizzas are just $5.99 today, 11a-2p! Dine-in/carryout #nolaPizza Nola
Hey, fellow New Orleanians. How about we all try not to be such gigantic pussies when someone doesn't immediately fall in love with our cityJoe Cardosi
Limited time only- this: Thian
'@ESPN_Colin is nuts. Facts wrong. We are America's host city. 9 million visitors & rest of the sports world agree. #nolalove #superbowl2013Mitch Landrieu
New Orleans Times Picayune About to Undergo Big Cuts A great town deserves a great paper.david carr
Just learned in the NY Times that my newspaper, my employer, my morning routine may cease to exist: McCarthy
There's too many people in Louisiana prisons, and not enough in New Orleans newsrooms.Rien Fertel
Worry not, the Times-Picayune will be replaced by a Tumblr full of hilarious gifs!daveweigel
He would merge it with the Clarion Herald Rename it the Daily Angel Spirit RT @alpelican Hey, maybe Tom Benson can buy the T-P, too.skooks
One thing you know for sure, we'll still have some kind of debutante/social coverage at the Times-Picayune #priorities #rexCade Roux
The Times Picayune reports really scare me. Every day that passes, it seems the written word becomes less and less important.MyNameIsJohnMichael
I'm taking a shot of Makers and going to sleep. Or at least trying to....Jeff Duncan
.@champsuperstar If I see a t-shirt being sold for profit to "save" the Times-Pic, so fucking help me.Leslie J. Almeida
Post-K T-P slogan: "We publish come hell and high water." New slogan: "We publish?"Danny Monteverde
It's almost 2 a.m. Don't think I'm sleeping tonight.Barri Bronston
Reports about the T-P's demise from The New York Times? Check. Gambit? Check. WWL-TV? Check. Times-Picayune? Nothing. Cool.Danny Monteverde
Times-Pic print demise especially bad news if we have to depend on idiotic & misbegotten redesignWayne Curtis
I can't imagine waking up in the morning and not reading a newspaper.Lee Zurik
Weird part about digital-first change at Times Pic? They have always excelled in print and been horrible on web. A pivot to weakness?david carr
No daily paper more thoroughly reinvented itself, discovered its mission, carried it out, than T-P. Its reward—evisceration.Harry Shearer
Sick over the Times Pic death knell. Selfish of course, but so many traditions bound up with that paper. Mon- Saints; Weekends with coffeeBlackenedOut
In other news, the T-P's cafeteria started giving newsroom employees a 10 percent discount on *all items* this week.Gordon Russell
Fake Times-Picayune to move to print-only publication this fall.Fake Times-Picayune
Dear Gulf Coast: try not to have any news happen. Love, the Newhouses.Lizzie O'Leary
During #Katrina’s horrific aftermath, Times-Picayune courageous writers & photogs provided reliable news when #NOLA & #USA needed it mostMary Landrieu
Sad news about the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Ebert
All in all, I far prefer REPORTING the news to BEING the newsKeith Spera
Some people just found out about the Times-Pic on the 5pm news and can't weigh in on Twitter because they don't have internet access.Matt
This is your public service reminder, New Orleans, that "We Dat" doesn't make any fucking sense.Chris Trew
Four generations of TP crime: Walt Philbin, '74; Mike Perlstein, '86; Brendan McCarthy, '06; Danny Monteverde, '07. Monteverde
Sad to see the cutbacks at the Times-Picayune. A great newspaper.I shot a film in NOLA in 1994. Read that paper every day.AB
Don't let New Orleans lose a great newspaper.@SaveThePicayuneAB
To all: Thank you for the countless notes and signs of support. We are incredibly grateful to have readers/neighbors/friends like you.Brendan McCarthy
Mobile Press-Register (in same boat as T-P) boasts of "exciting changes." Readers aren't stupid. Today's front page: Walker
@BrettAndersonTP Will the Picayune at least boost print production during crawfish season so people will have something to eat on? #tragedyChadzilla
One of my favorite TP moments in the 4.5 years I've worked here: People lining up to buy the #Saints Super Bowl paper Smith

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