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"So, like, sexy news videos?" "No, people have tried that--it's still just video content. We need to actually inform people THROUGH making out. I would call it 'Mouth Content,' but I think that's already the title of a Neil Cicierega album."
Title text: "So, like, sexy news videos?" "No, people have tried that--it's still just video content. We need to actually inform people THROUGH making out. I would call it 'Mouth Content,' but I think that's already the title of a Neil Cicierega album."

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Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: work in progress.

Cueball suggests presenting news stories as videos rather than text. This is presented and received as a clever new idea that would appeal to young people, despite the fact that television news programs have been filling such a niche for decades.

The caption suggests that arguing the merits of this idea with newspapers (the industry the group is presumably engaged in), someone should tell them that young people like making out and see where that idea leads them.

The title text describes the group discussing this idea. Ironically, part of this discussion is to dismiss the concept of "sexy news videos" (the straightforward combination of "video news presentation" and "making out") by pointing out that it's already been tried, an objection that applies even more clearly and obviously to the idea of presenting news in video form.

Transcript

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[From left to right: Hairy, Cueball, Megan and Hairbun sit around a conference table.]
Cueball: Research shows young people like YouTube, so we should present news stories as videos instead of text!
Megan: Good idea!
Hairbun: They'll love that!
[Caption below the panel:]
Instead of arguing with newspapers about this, we should just tell them how much young people like making out and see what happens.



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