Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We Interrupt This Blog for an Important Bulletin

As a public service notice to the greater sphere of typewriter users, known henceforth as The Typosphere, it is necessary for us to make mention of a disturbing new trend in renegade typewriter usage by unknown elements of what has come to be known as The Black Ribbon Brigade.
Founded in the late 1980s at the height of the Cold War, the B.R.B. as they prefer to be known have been creating papers, documents, pamphlets and other typewriter-based works to undermine the established order and wreak havoc with the expected norms of mass communications.
In an unprecedented new low of despicable media jamming, the B.R.B. are now reusing published advertisement fliers for their own nefarious purposes of humor and silliness, which can no longer be tolerated at this time of serious economic and national security concerns.
In light of this new threat to the social order, the Luddite Alert Level must be raised from chartreuse to crimson. All citizens of The Typosphere must be on the look-out for any and all non-standard typing activity. The B.R.B. have been known to use official-looking documents, order forms and templates for their dark work, so vigilance is required. All typewritten documents must be scrutinized for the proper lack of humor and silliness. They've even been known to impersonate participants in NaNoWriMo.
To assist the public during this crucial time we have included examples of the B.R.B.'s work, recovered after a recent police raid on a sidewalk coffee and bagel shop. Should you see typewriter-produced work of this kind, or any suspicious typing at all, you are encouraged to contact your local Office of Typographic Security. Remember our slogan: You can never be too paranoid.
Remember that together we will get through this challenging time, and rid our great culture of the scourge of The Black Ribbon Brigade.

That is all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant! I especially like the "OBSOLETE IN MONTHS" written over the Windows 7 PC ad. That one perfectly illustrates it - sorry I don't quite have the words to express myself - the so called 'obsolete' technology giving a smackdown to the truly obsolete 'new' machines. I can't believe I didn't think of this first! Brilliant!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Mike Speegle said...

This gave me many Wednesday morning chuckles.

Unfortunately, I have never been one who's been able to besmirch anything interesting with anything interesting.

Monda, on the other hand...I'm gonna turn her in to the B.R.B. task force.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Strikethru said...

Oh, I like it very much.

Wish I had thought of that.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Olivander said...

In light of this new threat to the social order, the Luddite Alert Level must be raised from chartreuse to crimson.

For you Progressive Luddites, please raise your Alert Level to King Crimson.

8:00 AM  
Blogger speculator said...

Mais oui, Joe!
In the late-1960s Parisian street riots, "La Groupe Cordon Noir" were the typewriting agents-provocateurs. Not a placard spared!

2:51 PM  

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