The government shutdown is soaking up a lot of media oxygen, so naturally PR folks are trying to pitch everything under the sun with a shutdown tie-in. Here are my favorites:
— 1. "Government Shut Down Leads Women to Sugar Daddies" from the always aggressive Seeking Arrangements.
— 2. "What Does the Shutdown Mean for Public Schools" which is actually just a pitch for a new education reform book.
— 3. "Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater to Offer HD Battlefield Tours in Response of Government Shutdown" pretty silly idea, but at least legitimately shutdown-related.
Of course there's no end to the shutdown in sight, so folks will have time to make it onto future iterations of the list.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.