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All the “meows” that’s fit to print

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Animal puns! While they’re cute and cuddly as a sleepy kitten, they are also not exactly the hallmark of serious journalism. That’s why the portmanteau used yesterday by the New York Times was so delicious and so very very stupid.

In an piece that will surely be seated next to Odin in the Valhalla of pointless news articles, reporter Jennifer Kingson discusses the growing urban trend of “Catios”, or “Cat Patios”. New York City cats, just like their emotionally damaged human owners, “prize…a little outdoor space”, and owners are going to great lengths to tranform their balconies and porches into fun and safe places for little Oberon and Titiania.

One couple interviewed in the piece simply used “industrial-grade PVC pipe and heavy black netting” over their balcony to create a “fully enclosed space that they decorated with furniture, plants and carpeting.” It sounds like purr-fection! Who would ever accuse the New York Times of such a catastrophic waste of time, ink, and paper?

But maybe I’m just being defensive. People spend thousands of hours of their lives and billions of dollars a year on stupid shit from their dogs, why not for their cats? As a cat person I think it’s time we confront this double standard, and more media exposure might just do the trick. It’s depressing to admit this but the way to save print journalism might just be writing more articles about Bed-Stuy vegan catfood co-ops, College advisors for Mr. Fluffy, and eco-friendly French speaking cat day camps.


Written by Your Benevolent Editor

June 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

Posted in The Media

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  1. My cat could be learning french? Son of a….


    June 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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