Welcome! Log in or Register

thefridaything.co.uk

  • image
1 Review
  • might get samey, like any humour serial?
  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    1 Review
    Sort by:
    • More +
      24.05.2003 05:13
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      1 Comment

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      • "might get samey
      • like any humour serial?"

      The Friday Thing is a satirical email newsletter with a difference: it wants you to pay for it. What a joke. Nobody pays for content on the internet, do they? Why shell out a tenner when you've got the Onion and the Brains Trust for free? The shocking truth is that it turns out to be worth every penny. Think a net-savvy, embittered younger sibling of Private Eye, and you won't go far wrong. The comparison is deliberate, because the great thing about Ian Hislop's magazine is the mix of 'serious' critical and investigative material with the pure funnies. The Friday Thing attempts an equally ambitious range, but comes across as much younger, and is more likely to turn its attention to showbiz and yoof music than opera and agriculture. It also functions as superior blog, sending you to solid gold websites and news articles with deadpan one-line links. They stretch to some nice features, such as an excellent search-engine challenge, for Google-fanciers to really flex their muscles to. Death is also a speciality, with a nice line in obituaries that are neither fawning nor needlessly cruel -- a kind of mega-extended E J Thribb, if you like. So is it funny? Probably matter of taste, but I personally find it hilarious. The writers can do the whole gamut of comedic modes, from caustic to withering by way of contemptuous. They're not averse to taking the piss of their own subscribers either. If you need some proof before shelling out, thefridaything.co.uk should have a sample issue up somewhere on the site if you look hard enough. After all, what's the worst that could happen?

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments