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This is a funny book.It is not a serious book It is not an educational book It s not an eye opening book.However, it is funny.At times, it s almost laugh out loud funny The downside At times, it s the same joke over and over again The glossary section at the end of each chapter got especially old HA HAit s another silly definitionzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.The introduction by Roger Ebert may be the funniest section of all He s just a hoot If you re involved with newspapers, journalism, or an This is a funny book.It is not a serious book It is not an educational book It s not an eye opening book.However, it is funny.At times, it s almost laugh out loud funny The downside At times, it s the same joke over and over again The glossary section at the end of each chapter got especially old HA HAit s another silly definitionzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.The introduction by Roger Ebert may be the funniest section of all He s just a hoot If you re involved with newspapers, journalism, or any sort of writing, you should read this because the inside baseball jokes are fast and furious If you re not, you probably will enjoy it, but much of the humor will be the equivalent of Einstein telling a 4 year old a relativity joke So two beings traveling faster than then speed of light walk into a bar This is probably not a good book to read in a single sitting or in consecutive sittings because you need space for the jokes not to get old It would do well on a desk sitting quietly waiting to be referenced just to give yourself a break [[ Free Book ]] ↯ Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide ↴ Still clinging to your dog eared dictionary So attached to The Elements of Style that you named your rabbits Strunk and White Maybe you re a beleaguered reporter, or a type A newspaper reader who unwinds by e mailing the editor about whether tweet is a verb It s time to face up to reality Writing clearly, checking facts, and correcting typos are dying arts Whether you re a jaded producer of media or a nitpicking consumer of it, this book will help you to embrace, not resist, the lowering of standards for the written word Part dictionary, part journalism textbook, part grammar and writing manual, Write More Good is a comprehensive guide to today s media, in all its ambulance chasing, story fabricating, money hemorrhaging glory LEGAL DISCLAIMER The authors are not responsible for consequences that may result from actually using this book as a dictionary, textbook, or grammar and writing manual Let The Bureau Chiefs, the ritin and reportin geniuses behind the Twitter phenomenon FakeAPStylebook, teach you about Proper usageWorld War should be used only for conflicts involving countries on at least three continents For large scale battles against clones, killer tomatoes, or a fifty foot woman, use attack instead Entertainment Journalism When writing about a celebrity for an online audience, save your readers time by linking directly to nude photos of him or her Science Reporting When writing about those robots that seek out and consume houseflies for energy, the parenthetical aside OH GOD, WE RE DOOMED is implied and is therefore not necessary to include in your storyAnd much, much, I was following the FakeAPStyleBook on Twitter, and enjoying it, and then all these bloggers I like started shilling for Write More Good, written by the same folks I sprang for it without realizing that a lot of those bloggers were contributors people like Mike Sterling, Chris Sims, Dorian Wright and my inspiration, Dave Campbell As someone who works in media I ve been on both sides of the fence , I possibly enjoyed eventhan you will what, you re not taking my humble recommendation I was following the FakeAPStyleBook on Twitter, and enjoying it, and then all these bloggers I like started shilling for Write More Good, written by the same folks I sprang for it without realizing that a lot of those bloggers were contributors people like Mike Sterling, Chris Sims, Dorian Wright and my inspiration, Dave Campbell As someone who works in media I ve been on both sides of the fence , I possibly enjoyed eventhan you will what, you re not taking my humble recommendation Funny to the last drop, Write More Good could have simply published a long list of tweets and been amusing It goes a lot further and becomes a satirical and extremely knowing instruction manual on how to become a journalist I reflexively smirked the whole way through And it never shies away from the most ridiculously geeky references A book after my own heart Awesome, guys Purely hilarious One of those books that I couldn t read after I went to bed and after Kip was asleep because I was giggling too loudly But I think probably it s going to be the most funny for journalists. Not for everyone If you don t recognize scarcasm, run away This book is for old newspaper people who realize the world in going to Hell in a Linotype machine and there is little, other than weep and commiserate with each other, we can do But for journalists over 30, it s a must read. The funniest fake journalism textbook I ve ever read Maybe the funniest book I ever read, period. Reliably clever and enough of a departure from the twitter feed that spawned it to feel fresh If you re a journalist or an avid media consumer, there s jokes in here for you The AP style book was my Bible all my years in the newspaper business Not that I actually paid much attention to it Most of it was common sense, a lot of it arcane, and some of it verging on silly.It used to say, for example, that all federal agencies or departments must be referred to by their full official titles the first time you wrote about them in a story Which led to the silliness of writing the Federal Bureau of investigation , which everyone in the world knows better as the FBI In The AP style book was my Bible all my years in the newspaper business Not that I actually paid much attention to it Most of it was common sense, a lot of it arcane, and some of it verging on silly.It used to say, for example, that all federal agencies or departments must be referred to by their full official titles the first time you wrote about them in a story Which led to the silliness of writing the Federal Bureau of investigation , which everyone in the world knows better as the FBI In fact, FBI is immediatelycomprehensible than the full title on a quick read, which is all any newspaper story gets.So when I saw in Village Books, my favorite bookstore, An absolute phony guide on how to Write More Good, a delightful parody of newspaper stylebook, I had to buy it It has strictures on everything from politics to science writing, sex to religion The religion section is the shortest The only entry is Not on your life There is a preface by Roger Ebert that includes one of my favorite quotes from my newspaper days If your mother says she loves you, check it out A.A Dornfeld.Ebert notes that many newsmen live by another motto Never check a great quote twice He adds The authors of this book exists in the no man s land between these quotes They know about Dornfeld s rule They also give voice to the deep cynicism and cheerfully ironic worldview that has infected city rooms since time immemorial Probably my favorite part of the book are the definitions Under entertainment, for example, we find Clear Channel See Skynetfrak Should only be used if you re fighting Cylons.free verse Poetry written by lazy people.It made me nostalgic for the good old days I got this book as a birthday present this year I don t think I would ve bought it for myself, even if I do find the FakeAPStylebook twitter feed humorous It was a good choice for a gift, though I enjoyed it.The book is farthan a compilation of funny tweets, though I did recognize several tweets within the text They fleshed it out into sections by subject The first is about news in general The next few sections are about politics, entertainment, sex, religion, sport, technology, scie I got this book as a birthday present this year I don t think I would ve bought it for myself, even if I do find the FakeAPStylebook twitter feed humorous It was a good choice for a gift, though I enjoyed it.The book is farthan a compilation of funny tweets, though I did recognize several tweets within the text They fleshed it out into sections by subject The first is about news in general The next few sections are about politics, entertainment, sex, religion, sport, technology, science, pseudoscience, the military, citing and attributing, punctuation and grammar, and media law The book wraps up with a section on newspaper reporting through the ages.It s all delivered in a journalistic style guide sort of tone, and you can t believe a word of it The humor in this book relies heavily on irony, with very few laugh out loud lines If you like your humor dry, you may want to consider picking this one up.However, the book is also written with the assumption those reading it have some background in journalism There are a lot of in jokes, some of which sailed over my head, because I m not a journalist I still found the book overall entertaining and funny, but I got the feeling the book wasn t trying to appeal to non journalists.If you follow FakeAPStylebook on Twitter, and you find their tweets entertaining, I would recommend you pick up this book Also, if you write for anything that reports on the news in any kind of formal way, you ll probably find the irreverent advice humorous I went into my first tweet book, Write More Good by The Bureau Chiefs aka fakeapstylebook , with the expectation of giggles and light entertainment brought on by clever observations about the sometimes ridiculousness of English structure, grammar, and mechanics After all I follow fakeapstylebook on Twitter and I find their tweets generally delightful But what I got was tired rants disguised in already worn thin novelty that led to a boring book that I couldn t finish reading I concluded th I went into my first tweet book, Write More Good by The Bureau Chiefs aka fakeapstylebook , with the expectation of giggles and light entertainment brought on by clever observations about the sometimes ridiculousness of English structure, grammar, and mechanics After all I follow fakeapstylebook on Twitter and I find their tweets generally delightful But what I got was tired rants disguised in already worn thin novelty that led to a boring book that I couldn t finish reading I concluded that the problem, which I imagine to be the same with all tweet books, is that while flashes of brilliance can come easily 140 characters at a time, a whole book of that same brilliance becomes repetitive and dull.The Commonly Confused Words section in the chapter Punctuation and Grammar LOL was my favorite section in the book, but it wasn tthan three pages long There were some hilarious example sentences and some great new confusions thrown in i.e jam, jamb, jambone and night, knight, Knight Rider In the end, as in any Twitter feed, there are moments of hilarity and maybe even brilliance in Write More Good, but is it worth reading every tweet in your feed to make sure you find every entertaining nugget Probably not