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Media Scandalized by Non-Scandal

In his take today on the hacking of naked celebrity cloud photo materials by perpetrator or perpetrators unknown, Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson makes an astute observation.

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From his blog post:

Outlets as mainstream as People and CNN are referring to the photo leak as a “scandal.” All due respect, it’s not a scandal. The actresses and musicians involved did nothing immoral or legally wrong by choosing to take nude pictures of themselves and put them on their personal cell phones.

You may argue, without any intended malice, that it may be unwise in this day-and-age to put nude pictures of yourself on a cell phone which can be hacked and/or stolen. But without discounting that statement, the issue is that these women have the absolute right and privilege to put whatever they want on their cell phones with the expectation that said contents will remain private or exclusive to whomever is permitted to see them just like their male peers. The burden of moral guilt is on the people who stole said property and on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or gratification.

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TV Critic Stands By Cryptic F-Word Reference

AlanPergamentBioIt seems innocent enough. Last week, in a blog item about a local TV channel accidentally airing video containing the F-word, Buffalo News TV critic emeritus Alan Pergament chose the following way to frame it:

Channel 7 anchor Keith Radford quickly apologized for the airing of the expletive in a story about the racist rant from a woman identified as Janelle Ambrosia directed at an African-American man in his motor vehicle.

The FCC could consider giving Channel 7 a fine for the airing of the expletive, which starts with the sixth letter of the alphabet.

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Gawker Editor Kicks OMG, WTF and Other Terms to the CMS Curb

GawkerPoynter’s Andrew Beaujon has the memo from Gawker editor-in-chief Max Read. And may we just say – in the spirit now of #ThrowbackThursday – that said memo is “epic.”

Epic is one of several words no longer welcome in the Gawker Media CMS. From the Beaujon-finagled memo:

We want to sound like regular adult human beings, not BuzzFeed writers or Reddit commenters. Therefore: No “epic.” No “pwn.” No “+1.” No “derp.” No “this”/”this just happened.” No “OMG.” No “WTF.” No “lulz.” No “FTW.” No “win.” No “amazeballs.” And so on. Nothing will ever “win the Internet” on Gawker. As with all rules there are exceptions. Err on the side of the Times, not XOJane.

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Daily News Polishes Off Mani-Pedi Puns

ShutterstockManicurePedicureThe original Web headline reads: “Manicurists Try to Nail Boss Over Low Wages, Abuse.” Crowning an in-kind first paragraph:

Manicurists are fighting back against a tough-as-nails businesswoman who runs her mani-pedi empire with an iron fist.

Oh, but that’s not all. Later on in Daniel Beekman‘s article, there’s mention of Envy Nails chain owner Anna Do squeezing employees “under her thumb” and reference to practices designed to keep an army of manicurists at dozens of NYC area locations “on their toes.”

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As the Year Closes, Slate Writer Reminds: Whoa! is Spelled Whoa!

We tend to use the expression “Whoa!” sparingly, and not usually for matters pertaining to FishbowlNY. While we’ve never had trouble spelling the exclamation, apparently a lot of people in 2013 have.

SlateWhoaIn his final calendar-year “The Good Word” column, Matthew J.X. Malady catalogs all kinds of social media, headline and article misspellings of this W-word. He finds it rather amazing that he has to remind everyone that the “H” is silent, yes, but repeating, no:

If you were thinking you could perhaps quarantine yourself so as to preclude exposure to the TODAY Show–style “woah” [tweets] by avoiding all forms of social media and, say, spending some time relaxing in front of the TV, think again. This month, the History Channel began airing an episode of its popular series Pawn Stars under the title, “Woah Pilgrim”…

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