If you haven’t experienced the complete new media joy that is Very Fake Bleacher Report on Twitter, you don’t know what you’re missing. Follow @VeryFakeBR as soon as you can. And we have the man behind the machine right here for an exclusive.
Thanks to VeryFakeBR for taking the time to do this!….Let’s dive right in with some questions.
1st off, what can you tell us about yourself, and your media background…without giving way the store of course…
Fake BR: Without revealing too much about who I am, my background goes sort of like this: big sports fan who in high school realized he had a knack for writing. Anyone with a brain can pick up that I am from the Philadelphia area, but that’s one of the few personal clues I’ll give away. I’ve written for a few sites, both big and small, and I like most organized sports. I despise MMA.
I currently write for one of the largest sports blog networks on the web.
Another guy helps me out here and there. He runs an excellent site that more people should read. I wish I could mention it here, as he really does an awesome job.
How/when did you first discover all the wonder that is Bleacher Report?
Fake BR: I don’t remember exactly when – mostly because I want to block it out of my brain – but before I knew of the mass hate towards the site, I’d come across their articles and cringe. The ideas were half-baked, the grammar was terrible, and the stories were rife with misspellings. If BR needs anything, it’s an editor or 5000.
Fake BR: To be totally totally honest – and this isn’t a punchline or anything – I thought it was an Onion article at first. It blew my mind when I found out that it was actually serious.
How do you stay in character so well with all your mispellings, (typo intentional) and bad grammar? it can be difficult with some painfully easy to spell names at times I would guess (i.e. I once saw you spelled Cliff Lee as Cliff Leigh)
Fake BR: Ironically, it’s easy to stay in character because I’m a decent writer. And I figure if I ever made a mistake, it would fit into the whole fabric of the “joke” anyway.
Where do you see their place in the new media landscape? blogs, web journalism etc.
Fake BR: The owners of BR are smart – they know SEO and they know how to make partnerships. I respect that. I think the site has the potential to be very powerful as they have the reach, but until the quality is there, no one is going to take them seriously. The internet is full of good writers that could make BR very powerful, but instead we’re left to read horseshit about WAGs, athlete/rapper beefs, or stories which are based on woefully underdeveloped ideas.
Most importantly, they need to cut way back on the slideshows. This is not journalism – it’s caption writing. And excuse the language, but it’s fucking stupid.
Even the best writers out there need editors to correct simple mistakes, to suggest angles, and to get the most out of a story. Bleacher Report has none and it’s incredibly frustrating to see. There are countless writers and bloggers I deal with on a daily basis that are 100% insulted by it. Recently, several prominent writers and TV personalities have followed the Twitter account which says to me that those complaining about the site aren’t just a bunch of nerdy miscreants, but much more than that.
What should we expect from VeryFakeBR in the near future?
Fake BR: I have no idea, really. As long as BR keeps churning out stupid articles and as long as athletes keep doing stupid things, we’ll have material. I do want to start a website soon – the Tumblr we have right now doesn’t get much love – because it fits in with the evolution of Fake BR.
And keep in mind that BR is not the only site (or sight, lol) that has bad writing. Ultimately, I’d like our goal to be calling out bad writing – that’s more than enough to keep us busy.
Can you give us some of your greatest tweets?
Fake BR: It’s tough to go back through these, but I did pick out a few from the past month that I like.
SLIDSHOW: 59000 high charecter guys according to John Groden
SLIDSHOW: good ideas from teh Tee Party (0 frames) #sotu
Oliver twist #BRShakespeare
Plz welcome the los angeles angels front office to are staff
Jeff fishes fired as oilers head coach. Warren moon makes sad face
SOURCES SAYS: Michele tal baxhman’s favoret book is uncle toms cabin