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Vivian Schiller resigns from NPR. So prank journalism is okay now?

NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller turned in her resignation Wednesday, in view of a video by conservative prankster James O'Keefe in which an NPR senior official slammed the Tea Party and said, among other things, that NPR might fare better...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 9, 2011; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Petri, Reality? Television, That's awkward  | Tags:  James O'Keefe, NPR, journalism, pranks  
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Happy Fat Tuesday! What I'm giving up for Lent

Today's Fat Tuesday. That means tomorrow is the start of Lent, the season of self-denial immortalized in the Josh Hartnett film 40 Days and 40 Nights, and possibly also in the Bible somewhere. Time to think about making improving changes!...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 8, 2011; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  Google, Lent  
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Before limiting college students' voting rights, stop old people!

They're monolithic! They come flooding into the polls with an overwhelming sense that their way is right and a total lack of mooring in what's actually happening on the ground. They listen to strange music. They dress in funky sweaters...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 7, 2011; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Epic Failures, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  America, age, college, kids these days, oops, voting  
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Kirk Douglas, the Oscars and the power of age

Maybe our youth-obsessed culture is like Samson -- lost its power when Justin Bieber cut his hair. I enjoyed the Oscars. Disclosure: My college roommate and bosom companion wrote jokes for the telecast, so I'd been programmed to enjoy them...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 28, 2011; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Epic Failures, Petri  | Tags:  America, Oscars, age, kids these days  
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From Gaddafi to Walker, why you should never be polite

There's nothing more dangerous than politeness. Sure, other things are risky - walking backwards to lead a tour in an area you're not familiar with, being Charlie Sheen, being a white powdered substance in Charlie Sheen's home. But I'd rather...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 24, 2011; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Epic Failures, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  America, kids these days, oops, politeness  
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Cell phones alter brain activity? Of course!

Cell phone use alters brain activity? Of course it does. They say holding a cell phone next to your head increases brain activity by 7 percent. That's probably true. Since getting a cell phone, at least 7 percent of my...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 23, 2011; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  cell phones, kids these days, oops, technology  
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The State of the Union Drinking Game, Alexandra Petri and Stephen Stromberg , January 25, 2011
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For 2011, top New Year's resolutions you can keep!, Alexandra Petri , December 30, 2010
I miss telemarketers -- and, soon, land-line pollsters, Alexandra Petri , November 24, 2010
Better names for the Daily Beast-Newsweek merger, Alexandra Petri , November 12, 2010
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Election 2010 drinking game, Alexandra Petri and Stephen Stromberg , November 2, 2010
Before you check the College Board for your SAT scores, Alexandra Petri , October 28, 2010
 
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