Gestation of a segment on ‘Spark’

  1. Adbusters article on hipsters:

    Pabst Blue Ribbon beer [is a] symbol and icon of working or revolutionary classes that [has] been appropriated by hipsterdom.

  2. Q (“cuethepodcast”) interview (MP3) with author of Adbusters article:

    PBR is a great example of how it was virally marketed since 2001. And people naturally just embrace it, but that’s because it’s been associated with fixed-gear biking and bike messengers. And so when somebody buys into the idea of a fixed-gear bike, they’re naturally buying into PBR…. And that’s just, like, an icon of hipsterdom.

  3. Spark segment on Pabst Blue Ribbon and hipsterdom.

Or maybe it went the other way around – Spark didn’t notice an opening to lazily replicate existing original reporting until Q lazily replicated that original reporting.

Which part did I get wrong?

At least Jesse Brown has promised to own up to the sources he steals from. We’re paying you to conduct original reporting, not to put blog authors and hacks on the air to summarize what they already wrote.


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    Posted February 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece
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  3. Fake Ouimet
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 5:13 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I’d like to differentiate between having an author in to plug a book (of course I would say that) and having the writer of an article in to recapitulate points made in that article.

  4. cbcfrank
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 5:11 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    On another note, I read that Hubert, el presidente, has actually sat in on a production.

    To be honest, I’m impressed. I hope he and his troupe have the fortitude to continue.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 10:41 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I never said “rip off”, I said “stealing ideas.”

    And usually it’s perfectly legitimate for radio to trawl print for ideas, we would be out of a lot of shows if that weren’t possible.

    Borrowing ideas from a show on the same network is another matter.

    At any rate “Adbusters” is not really where I’d look for interesting content, for three reasons:

    an air of smugness to almost every article

    not always readable writing


  6. Anonymous
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 9:21 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    not sure if “Q” ripped off Adbusters – its pretty standard practice to get writers on-air to talk about their work. Especially with a burnnnning topic like “hipsterdom”

  7. Anonymous
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 1:03 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I thought Canadian hipsters were all about the 50?

  8. Anonymous
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 11:49 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    “Q” is supposed to be lame. That’s the act.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 11:14 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    2003! what a joke.

    Also, every Q billboard ends in a rhyme. It’s the lamest gimmick ever.

  10. Anonymous
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 11:06 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Rob Walker, NYT, June 22, 2003

  11. Anonymous
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 10:13 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Uh, it’s a toss-up which is lamer:

    – stealing ideas from another show

    – stealing ideas from “Adbusters”

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