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Puppy Love Before Caller ID

Mark Morford's column on SF Gate -- which is always brilliant and always leaves me laughing so hard I'm crying -- today celebrates the joy of the crank call and mourns its death at the hands of Caller ID and *69 and Call Screening.

May 19, 2004 in The Social Life of Technology | Permalink


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As a former crank-caller, I get a lot of vicarious pleasure out of the TV show "Crank Yankers" - unlike something like Jerky Boys etc. which was just mean, there's actually a lot of finesse and art to the calls. And of course, seeing them acted out by puppets is always a pleasure. What couldn't be made better by doing a puppet-based re-enactment, I ask you?

Posted by: Steve Portigal | May 19, 2004 3:31:51 PM


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