Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hindu prints headline that says “Hindu prints headline”.



In an unexpected and innovative move that completely destroys the newspaper's reputation for being uninspired and boring, The Hindu today stunned its readers by printing a headline that simply said “HINDU prints this headline.” This makes it the first newspaper to ever print a completely self-referential item, opening up many future possibilities for the emerging art of recursive journalism.


Tha body of the article goes on to describe in detail the process that was used to print the headline, along with views and opinions on the inks, dot gain, and newsprint quality of the paper in general. “That ought to show our crummy readers. They want innovation? Let them eat this!”, said Hindu editor N.Ram, looking disturbingly like Marie Antoinette. “Muhahahahahahahahahahahaharrrrf-kafff-kaffff-arrrr!” he added, his attempt at an evil laugh being rather comically ended by the onset of a coughing fit.

Apparently, the headline can about when a reporter, under time pressure, began humming “ Need a headline. Gotta meet my deadline. Or it's the end of the bread line. Hey! That rhymes with 'thin red line'.”, falling prey to the mysterious sudden-rap-bug that seems to be infesting Son of Bosey of late.

According to editor Ram, plans for future articles include items like “Hindu prints article about Dhoni”, “Hindu prints classifieds”, and “Hindu continues to innovate by printing article on how it continues to innovate by printing article on how it continues to innovate.” Reports that The Hindu is becoming self-aware and sentient, are, however, baseless. We hope.

16 comments:

Ravages/CC said...

ROTFL! ROTFL! ROTFL!

The Mudd said...

Recursive Journalism...LMAO.
How about "The Hindu does not write about Gemma Atkinson or Cheryl Cole on the sports page everyday even though they are footballer girlfriends"

Anand Ramachandran's Evil Twin said...

Manish - True. Those wishing to see some tits on Hindu are at the mercy of advertisers. TOI is teh_S3xxorzz!

Unknown said...

Hahaha! Loved the rap! The Hindu ain't boring, tho most of our readers're snoring, or collapsing on the flooring, out of ennui. Or words to that effect

Mahadevan said...

Comrades, please read Hindu Editorials. They are indistinguishable from that of 'People's Democracy'.

Elithraniel Arawion said...

rotfl! too good man

Nonsensiclespeak: said...

Son of Bosey, on another note, have you thought about thinking beyond the IIMs? why don't you write a post about IIPM?

Anand Ramachandran's Evil Twin said...

Hahahaha - IIPM ! Arindam Chaudhuri and Harsha Bhogle same guy!!

Anand Ramachandran's Evil Twin said...

Narendra - Ok, you're on!!

Our articles they're adoring.
Finding our wordplay Alluring.
Enduring
appeal that you'll be
storing for years to come and
scoring with chicks who found you boring.

Word to your mother.

Anonymous said...

I had stopped reading The Hindu when they switched to colour photographs. Since then The Hindu has become a tabloid magazine to me. Now I read only Frontline and Industrial/Agricultural year end reviews.

Arjun Sharma said...

Anonymous:- my long-lost West Mambalam tata?

Raghu Karnad said...

Superb. It would seem to culminate in the Hindu appearing packaged as a Moebius strip.

Anand Ramachandran said...

Raghu - Hahaha Brilliant. Hindu as moebius strip - end the page-turning problem in one fell swoop.

TheQuark said...

Quines in newspaper headlines!!
LOL

Anonymous said...

Ha ha!it doesn't get any better than this!!

no signal said...

"no signal writes this comment"

Can't stop laughing. One of the most creative sites I've come across. :D