14 Feb '13, 9pm

Is The NYT's #Coffee Code A Modern Day #Grunge Speak? @benschott @meganjasper @subpop

Is The NYT's #Coffee Code A Modern Day #Grunge Speak? @benschott @meganjasper @subpop

The coffee bar code article reminds us a lot – like a lot – of the infamous “Grunge Speak” hoax that appeared in a New York Times article on Seattle grunge subculture back in 1992. Here’s the original NYT article that we are way too young to remember. We’re familiar with the hoax first from its documentation in the gold standard grunge documentary film “Hype”, as well as from the various retrospectives that ran last year on its 20th anniversary (including this feature from Gothamist ). The two articles are pretty similar when you think about it: both try to capture the lingo of a subculture; both rely on primary sources in that subculture as linguistic authorities; and both were published by The Paper of Record. The big difference we see is that Mr. Schott consulted a wide variety of sources, whereas the author of “Grunge Speak” relied on only one – a clever receptionist a...

Full article: http://sprudge.com/schott-in-the-dark.html

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