Gawker Strikes at Harvard Again and Again

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Going to a reputable university like Harvard has its downsides: having to drop the H-Bomb, saying you go to school in Boston, and dealing with so called "Harvard Problems." We've all heard people say "I have too many amazing classes to choose from" or "I have to climb too many stairs to get to my room because of the high ceilings." As a reprieve, Flyby brings you a list of some "humbling" posts from Gawker and Jezebel.

Admissions 101

Gawker joined the fray of media outlets covering a Hong Kong family's failed investments to try and get their kids into Harvard. Gawker passes on this useful advice: "Always, always bribe the school directly."

Illustrious Alumni

Gawker updates us on the whereabouts of infamous Ted "Unabomber" Kaczynski '62 and gets a classmate to share his thoughts. Gary G. Peterson '62 said that there is an amusing side to having such an infamous peer: "he's more famous than anyone else in our class."

Conan and The Voice

Gotta give Jezebel credit on this one. The popular blog targeted The Harvard Voice's article that attracted controversy for its portrayal of racial stereotypes. Yet the critique is also thinly veiled praise for Conan O'Brien: "I think a certain Lampoon [a semi-secret Sorrento Square social organization that used to occasionally publish a so-called humor magazine] alumni needs to go back and teach a schoolwide course in satire, irony, humor, and maybe also, having cute red hair and being extra tall and adorable. Yes?"

Big Balls

Finally some praise for Harvard as Gawker commends Crimson President E. Benjamin Samuels '13 and Managing Editor Julie M. Zauzmer ’13 for having "Bigger Balls Than Your Media Boss." But true to Gawker fashion, the praise fades quickly.

"Remember all the great stuff you could do before life slowly pummeled your courage and drive into a fine powder you then washed away with booze?" the blog tells its readers.

Words of Wisdom

To end on a helpful note, Gawker advises all of us Harvard students to keep this in mind: "One downside of being the future rulers of America's political and economic fortunes: makes it really hard to pull off jokes in which the premise is, 'the idea of us being rich elitists is laughable.'" Still, Gawker tells us to "Keep trying, though. Not really."

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