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Sometimes It’s Ok To Not Be Funny: Tales From The Slack

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Classic and Clunker
Classic and Clunker
1 month ago

Just became a member with the President’s Day deal, and as I wait for my mattress, probably cushioned with 5mph rubber castoffs (maybe also ribbed?), I finally get to read Tales and it’s an extra dose of Autopian fun, with the two best entertainment sources: glib and Gibb.

Myk El
Myk El
1 month ago

I also need an Intel Inside sticker for my Odyssey2

Mr. Asa
Mr. Asa
1 month ago

I think Torch inadvertently hit on the right tone. One sign that says “Days since last accident” right next to one that says “Days since we used slavery”

Lotsofchops
Lotsofchops
1 month ago

The Autopian: one of the few places I actaull enjoy seeing “how the sausage is made”. These views into how things are deliberated on are cool.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 month ago

Put everyone in the photo in orange jumpsuits. Take a picket line pic and change signs we want less jobs. A sign every Porsche creates room for 5 more convicts.

Peter Andruskiewicz
Peter Andruskiewicz
1 month ago

I’d have liked to see the photo of all the workers around the Bentley in the assembly line, with a few handcuffed and maybe blindfolded Uyghurs photoshopped in front in very similar poses to the workers clasping their hands together. That would have driven there point home but avoided being glib

OrigamiSensei
OrigamiSensei
1 month ago

There are just certain subjects it’s best to tread lightly on and forced labor is certainly one of them. As much as I love the light tone The Autopian can adopt most of the time that subject, along with some others like child and spousal abuse are just not subjects that take well to flippant humor. On the other hand showing how the sausage is made in “Tales of the Slack” is completely on brand and acceptable; I’m just appreciating that you eventually got to the right place.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
1 month ago

I appreciate, too, appreciate the de-glibbing and that this is a pretty safe space to try it out. Shitbox is the de-facto term for “car of questionable provenance and/or functionality,” yet I can’t see Car & Driver picking up on that and running with it.

I can tell you before I subscribed, Tales from the Slack were the most tantalizing posts (followed in a hot and bothered second place by Wrenching Wednesdays), but it’s posts like exactly this one that give this place depth. Maybe you misfired and retracted a topshot or a headline. Maybe something was in poor taste that you didn’t even know was in poor taste! I’d rather every one of those little missteps and mistakes from real people than AI-generated, SEO optimized dogshit.

Sometimes you fly too close to the sun, but you flew, goddamnit.

A. Barth
A. Barth
1 month ago

I appreciate the degliberation that went into this decision. In this particular case, were there any photos available of the item that was actually causing the issue? Maybe you could have used an image of the part floating next to the Bentley with text like “Can’t have this [arrow to car] because of that [arrow to part]”.

That would have been factual – and not especially glib, I think – while reserving the clarification of the labor issue for the body of the article, rather than trying to fit it into the topshot. That was an admirable goal but I think it’s a little too nuanced for an image.

Don’t we all wish we could be Gibb?

Barry, Maurice, or Andy?

Heh, that sounds like an Archer insult: “Okay, Andy Glib”.

Andy Farrell
Andy Farrell
1 month ago
Reply to  A. Barth

“Degliberation” is my new favorite term.

Chronometric
Chronometric
1 month ago

I would have used the image you did with an oblique text overly. Cargo stamp font: “INVOLUNTARILY SOURCED”.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
1 month ago
Reply to  Chronometric

“SOURCED BY FOURCE”

Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
1 month ago

Personally I’d be shitting bricks if I published the word slavery with respect to any multi-billion dollar company. If the term of art used is forced labor, then stick with that. In legal parlance, slavery and forced labor may have distinct meanings and using them interchangeably might get you in hot water.

And yes, I’d rather be Gibb too, but only if I get to choose which one.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
1 month ago

Yeeeeeeeah, this was the right call. As much as I’m going to hell for chuckling at the shipping container full of slavery?? and then wet naps????, the subject matter’s way too serious and I think text call-outs are best deployed more sparingly for extra emphasis on lighter fare.

Never get rid of the Morning Dump lower third, though. That’s just genius.

(Also, I care about RoRo accuracy. I care!)

Last edited 1 month ago by Stef Schrader
MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
1 month ago

I’m seriously disappointed by the lack of “That’s what she said” after Jason says “though I like ribbing.” Very disappointed.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 month ago

And no SWG to reply “yeah me too…Pontiac 4ever!!”

Peter Andruskiewicz
Peter Andruskiewicz
1 month ago

Pontiac: ribbed for Torch’s pleasure

67 Oldsmobile
67 Oldsmobile
1 month ago

I enjoyed the Gandalf one,but it’s probably best you didn’t use it in the published piece.

10001010
10001010
1 month ago
Reply to  67 Oldsmobile

Same, halfway through this tales from the slack I was onboard with the WETNAPS one but nobody would have gotten it.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 month ago

I would have wryly enjoyed the “Intel Inside”-themed one for its car connections just b/c wasn’t that one of the stickers big with the tuner enthusiast crowd back in the heyday of the fartcan muffler and bleacher bench wing? “Acura Inside”?

Last edited 1 month ago by Jack Trade
10001010
10001010
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Soooo many “Boost Inside!” stickers in the late 90s.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
1 month ago
Reply to  10001010

I need a “parsh inside.”

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