The buck(et) stops … where?

The safety was off on KFC Germany’s semiautomatic content-creation process.

Nothing says “Kristallnacht” like a bucket of extra-crispy. In whose army were you a colonel, sir?

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18 Responses to “The buck(et) stops … where?”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Wow. Just. Wow.

  2. Herb from Michigan Says:

    The way I see it the only social media I need to stay on top of things is this here blog. Why a fella can learn everything from automotive crimes to which bicycle tire will allow you to survive the terrain of your choice. From pointed and acerbic dissection of politicians to wonderful chili recipes. Cats and weather reports? Hell yes and of course music and book recommendations. Who needs anything more for chrissakes? And the guy who runs the joint swings from hilarious to borderline manic which fits right in with me. And the price is right too….

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      “And the price is right too. …”

      Kinda buried the lede, there, dintja? And it’s true: Ye Olde Dogge Blogge is worf ever’ penny all y’all spend on it. I’ve been running the sumbitch at a deficit since who flung the chunk. Sheeyit, I could give deficit-spending lessons to the goldurned socialiss feddle gummint.

  3. DownhillBill Says:

    The icing on the cake was the push to add more cheese to the chicken. IIRC combining meat and dairy is the height of un-kosherness. I’ve known people who had two separate refrigerators to keep thoroughly kosher.

    I guess if you’re going to be offensive, there’s no point in taking half measures. (e.g. see Orange Hitler for the shining example.)

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      “Sure, give the promos to the bots. We’ll save a ton on staffing. What could go wrong?”

      (Cue the Horst Wessel Song.)

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      Just like taking over a newsroom, right?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Yup. AI isn’t quite there yet, whether you’re selling chicken or news. You still need a couple of meat puppets looking over the bots’ virtual shoulders to make sure they’ve got all their 1’s and 0’s in a row.

        Next time you’re curious about some flyover-country news item you’ve seen in a major outlet like The New York Times or The Washington Post, search for the “newspaper” in the town where the event occurred. You will find a cookie-cutter website, generally from Gannett, that is all popups and banners, autoplay video and Taboola feeds, and very little actual news about the local city council, school board, county commission, water and sanitation department, etc.

        Look at the hideous dreck surrounding longtime music writer Peter Blackstock’s farewell piece for the Austin American-Statesman. He accepted a buyout and is fleeing to Southern California, “eager for beautiful weather, glorious Pacific beaches and a state with a more empathetic political outlook.”

        Shit, Gannett doesn’t even call its “newspapers” by that name. They are “brands.” And about as distinctive and good for you as expired cans of soup at the dollar store. Even the help-wanted ads are a train wreck. I’ve seen clearer writing spray-painted on overpasses, and with fewer typos, dropped/repeated words, and grammatical/style errors, too.

        • Pat O’Brien Says:

          “…optimize content to effectively gain traction in organic search results.” Huh?

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          My personal fave is from the Department of Redundancy Department: “At least 3-5 years of experience in professional journalism experience.”

        • Herb from Michigan Says:

          Here in the Mitten State we have an amalgamation of former local newspapers called MLive. The digital versions are as useless as tits on a boar hog. There will be one paragraph (barely) after a catchy headline. No boots on the ground reporting of course just tiny references from maybe a police report with “more details pending”. Which never pend. Or appear in any form. Yeah if it weren’t for local PBS news I would be more clueless about what’s going on in my realm than my county commissioners.

  4. DownhillBill Says:

    The websites and feeds from the local TV news used to be drowning in errors that would have gotten us flunked out of an eighth grade* English class in my day. Now, they’re sometimes an improvement on the product from the actual fish wrapper. No compliments to anyone on their actual content, either. I guess I was spoiled by the products of a real newsroom filled with reporters, commentators, copy editors, etc.
    C’est la vie, c’est la guerre.

    *Make that sixth grade.

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