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Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 4:50 am

read all about it at
http://cnn.heavyplasma.com/www/cnn/2003 ... index.html

most excellent, eh?
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 5:34 am

Webb is still better
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 6:16 am

whats the catch an incompetent reporter, who had a typo 13.23, a course downhill, or is this englands equivalant to april fools?
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 6:17 am

Great trick!

If that doesn't demonstrate why one cannot believe everything one reads on the Internet, I don't know what does.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 6:26 am

This was clever for about 5 seconds. What immediately got my suspicion was the grainy pixilated photo of the athlete in question. CNN would not allow such a picture on their site.

Not a bad con though. Many distance fans in this country want to believe something like this will happen. However, the time is a little brisk especially for a NCAA trained runner!.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 6:32 am

ooopps, the race was a lap short...still a pr though...
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 7:24 am

The Site would have been more convincing if the information was in the realm of believability.
A better headline would have been "New American distance hope, Ritzenhein surprises by running 13:10 in London. That at least would seem initially less shocking.

However, it was an interesting idea. I hope the guy that did this does not hear from the CNN legal department.

Here is another headline suggestion. "Alan Webb recovers from surgery and runs 3:52 mile". Like my other suggestion it is a little farfetched but not unbelievable. When doing a good con you have to obey the rules of probability. People will immediately reject anything that is far out.

No college kid is going to run a 13:23 in international competition. Even a 13:10 would be rare for this kind of runner but not farfetched.

BTW, the athlete in question has a PR in the 5000m of 13:50, which was done in High School. Maybe someday he will be a solid 13:10 runner. Now that is something that seems plausible.

Ritzenhein is definitely a young American runner we should keep are eyes on.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 7:30 am

No college kid is
>going to run a 13:23 in international
>competition.

That that to Jorge Torres.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 7:40 am

>That that to Jorge Torres.<

Too much time spend in a bar can cause stuttering, eh?
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 7:44 am

>>That that to Jorge Torres.<

Too much time
>spend in a bar can cause stuttering, eh?


Yeah, too much time SPENT in a bar does that to you.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 8:01 am

You're right. We both need to sober up. :-)
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 9:05 am

I meant 12:23.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 9:48 am

Hey, bar. Did you know we had an annoying bastard drinking with us?
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:27 pm

Annoying bastard has a lot of girl friends. He is too busy to drink because he is getting laid all the time.

Pss, It is really 11 inches long. It is true.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:30 pm

You are not my girl friend!
Lets stop making things up.
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Re: Big News

Postby trackstar » Fri Aug 08, 2003 1:48 pm

> I hope the guy that did this
>does not hear from the CNN legal
>department.

I hope he does. To parody CNN is fine (and legal), but to disguise your page as CNN's is fraud and copyright infringement. If he wants to do this, he needs to at least make it clear and obvious that it is not a CNN page. (And no, that "heavyplasma" URL does not rise to the level of "obvious," at least not in my untrained legal opinion.)

At the risk of being accused of self-promotion (and the risk of straying off the topic of t&f -- I'm sure GH will delete me if I am), here is an article I wrote on a similar issue, but where the "perpetrator" clearly understands what is parody and what is not (warning: article contains profanity): http://austinchronicle.com/issues/dispa ... aked7.html
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Re: Big News

Postby trackstar » Fri Aug 08, 2003 1:59 pm

>If he wants to do this,
>he needs to at least make it clear and obvious
>that it is not a CNN page. (And no, that
>"heavyplasma" URL does not rise to the level of
>"obvious," at least not in my untrained legal
>opinion.)

Nor -- again, in my non-lawyer opinion -- does that teeny-tiny "This article is fake" disclaimer at the bottom. If it's not immediately obvious, then it's probably illegal.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 3:27 pm

I think what gave it away the most was the exclaimation point (!) at the end of the headline.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 08, 2003 3:31 pm

Or the Left-Nav highlighting the "world" section, nit "sports".
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:08 pm

This guy is playing with fire. Don't screw with a company like CNN.
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Re: Big News

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:14 pm

Actually, he's screwing with AOL Time Warner, an even scarier nemesis.
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