August 05, 2006

Area man

Apparently, the NYT has decided to change its reporting style to match The Onion. Today on the online homepage is a picture of a lonely dude sitting on a couch strumming a guitar under the headline "Facing Middle Age With No Degree, and No Wife."

The photo caption reads "Tom Ryan used to share a home outside Denver with a girlfriend but now lives alone, enjoying the ability to keep the house as he pleases. That includes a hat rack covered with dozens of commemorative baseball caps."

The NYT has decided that Tom Ryan should never get laid again.

While also mentioning that marriage rates have declined generally, the main gist of the article is that middle age dudes without higher education are unmarriable douchebags. Much more so than their female counterparts about whom the article states:

"Even marriage rates among women professionals over 40 — who, it was once said, had a better chance of being killed by a terrorist than of finding a husband — have stabilized in recent years."
Real classy, NYT. At least they leave it as an exercise to the reader to figure out by how much the chances have improved of a middle aged woman being killed by terrorists.

Update: As pointed out in the comments, the reference to the terrorist "stat" has been removed from the article without comment. It appeared, as quoted above, in the third paragraph of the piece. I wonder if it made it into the print version?


Unknown said...

strange, i couldn't find any references to the terrorist in the article?

Micah Sittig said...

Hey, Blogspot is finally unblocked in "communist" China! (it's been blocked almost continually since January of 2003)

Maybe that's material for a Blogger Buzz post?

BTW, is any working at Blogger anymore besides yourself? All the official Blogger weblogs besides the Buzz seem to have been dead for months.