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Snapchat
For obvious reasons, the prize is awarded at a different time of year from the others, while it's still fresh in the committee's memory.
Title text: For obvious reasons, the prize is awarded at a different time of year from the others, while it's still fresh in the committee's memory.

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The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for spectacular writing (there are many categories; see here). Snapchat is a photo-sending app that allows the receiving user to only view the photo (known as a "snap") for a few seconds before it is deleted. Cueball is disappointed that he missed out on the chance to see the prize winning photo due to the temporary nature of Snapchat.

It is worth noting that in spite of the intent of Snapchat, many users will take a screen shot of "snaps" that are sent to them creating a permanent copy of the image. This has led to embarrassment when users expected their sexually explicit snaps to only be seen by the recipient, but those images end up being seen by many more people especially if the copy gets posted on the internet.

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[Cueball and Megan standing together. He holds a smartphone in his left hand and looks at it.]
Cueball: Oh, the Pulitzer Prize for Snapchat was just awarded.
Megan: Yeah.
Megan: I hear the photo was really good.
Cueball: Aw, maaaan...


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