We’re just some good-natured mutants from that post-industrial wasteland that is the American Midwest, specifically, Detroit. It used to be quite a place. On some days, it still is, but you’d never know that by scouring the internet for info on our fair city. Search engines typically turn up results like ruin porn, the “failure of the American Dream,” bad sports teams and a picture of general despair and broken dreams. As if you Sun Belt creeps and Nu-Asians don’t have those.
We started The Post-Industrial Post to fill that niche between old-school news organs — newspapers, magazines and TV news shows — and the digital world of Fake News, Faux News, Disinformation, PACspeak and Guerilla Ambush Info sites. Is what we do real news? Nah. Well, not usually, anyway. We don’t pretend to be journalists, but we do have enough integrity to at least label our drivel accurately.
Ground Rules: What’s News Here, and What Isn’t
If the category header for an article indicates “Not-Quite News,” it’s satire. Plain and simple. It’s not real, and it should be obvious to any intelligent, adult, native English speaker that it’s not real. It might be funny. Or outlandish. Or parody. Or surrealism. Or purely absurd. But it ain’t “real.”
If the category header for an article indicates “Opinion,” then the ideas therein are simply our opinion. They’re not facts, although the ideas about which we comment might be. They should not be construed as facts. Or as news, real or otherwise.
If the category header for an article indicates “Sports,” it’s just like “Not-Quite News,” except that it’s specifically about Sports. And they’re stories. Made-up ones. It’s not real, and it should be obvious to any intelligent, adult, native English speaker that it’s not real. It’s satire. It might be funny. Or outlandish. Or parody. Or surrealism. Or purely absurd. Just like our news satire. But it ain’t “real.”
If the category header for an article indicates “Sports Opinion,” the ground rules above for the category “Commentary” also apply here. Except that it’s about sports. It’s not that complicated.
“Entertainment” is a category where the lines between news, opinion and satire might become blurred here a bit, if one isn’t paying attention. We typically despise popular culture of all kinds — from music to movies — and we usually skewer it mercilessly. If the reader thinks we’ve somehow overstepped the bounds of journalistic ethics in trashing some talentless diva or the latest big-budget Hollywood comic book blockbuster, we would simply advise them to let libel laws and the limits of intellectual property statutes be their third-party arbiter. If President Truman had to threaten personal, physical retribution for a lousy review of his daughter’s equally lousy singing, it should be clear that commenting on the arts is fertile ground and fair game for satire, bluster, wild accusations, insults and innuendo of all kinds. As Truman found out, your best recourse is to develop better taste or a thicker skin.
Our “Food” tab is a combination of genuine recipes, restaurant reviews, commentary and yes, the occasional satire. It’s food, not international diplomacy, so we don’t go to great lengths to explain which path we’re on from article to article. As with our “Entertainment” category, nobody except the famously inept get hurt in any way by our ramblings in this regard.
For Who is Our Material Intended?
This website is intended for those over the age of 21 years. It is intended for those with a working knowledge of the English language.