Volume 96, Issue 9
Thursday September 12, 2002

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http://www.theonion.com/

With headlines such as Terrorist Extremely Annoyed By Delayed Flight, the site that touts itself "America's Finest News Source" is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most controversial sites in cyberspace.

This fake online newspaper, The Onion, (also available in print) is full of ironic social commentary, often bordering on the offensive. The material is presented in the form of fake news articles which comment on current world events or humorous situations in "the average American's" life.

The site is well designed, attractively laid out and easy to navigate. It boasts both longer news stories about "America the Beautiful," as well as news briefs about seemingly mundane everyday events. The latter are often the funniest part of the site, featuring headlines such as Movie Works Out Exactly As Audience Had Hoped.

The Onion also features a special section called "The A.V. Club," which features reviews of current CDs and movies, as well as interviews with famous folks.

One of the site's drawbacks is the amount of advertising that is mixed in with its actual content. Often, ads are deceptively disguised as stories and therefore sometimes trick the reader into surfing to a site he/she did not intend to visit.

However, this seems a small price to pay for the quality of humor that The Onion provides us with.

 

http://politicalhumor.about.com/

Any site which boasts about the amount of "Clinton humor" it has is definitely a miss in our books.

As you can tell by its name, the site mostly features humour about American politicians and, of course, everyone's favorite target: Osama bin Laden. Although it could still be possible to tell funny jokes about certain political situations (for proof, see the feature on the right about theonion.com), this site is certainly not up to the task. In fact, it pretty much fails miserably at it.

The lamest thing on the site is the section of photographs of various politicians, including Hillary Clinton, which are overlaid with thought bubbles containing "hilarious" captions. However, the whole "haha, imagine Hillary is thinking about that..." gets old after - well, actually it's not even funny to begin with.

Another problem with the site is its "one joke per page" policy which places a single small photo in the centre of the page and fills the rest with the worst of all Internet evils: incessant pop-up advertisements. Although Internet ads are arguably becoming a necessary evil, the amount of advertising on this Web site is ridiculous.

However, the site's one redeeming quality is the extensive section of links that it provides. It basically serves as a gateway to other sites that actually feature jokes that are actually funny.

 -Maggie Wrobel

 

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