Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Student spends ten minutes trying to find new spoon in dining hall!--What? This is a typical headline from The Bunion, a new blog dedicated to “The Onion”-styled satire for BU Students.
So who is the “man-behind-the-curtain”?
“I don’t want them to know anything about me,” said The Bunion creator.
Despite the anonymity and overall underground feeling of the blog, in it’s first four days it was seen by over 4,000 people. The Bunion creator had thought about going through SAO and making it an official club on campus, however later disregarded the idea.
“I realized that’s not how I want to do it. It’s almost anti-establishment even though it’s for the sake of the community. I hope people continue to spread it and read it if they enjoy it. That’ll motivate me to keep on writing and thinking of ideas and keep expanding it,” said The Bunion creator.
The Bunion creator originally conceived the concept after becoming frustrated at the poor execution of other campus’ publications attempts at satire. After that, he developed the idea further with a bit of help from his friends.
“I had mentioned the idea to a couple of my friends in passing one night at dinner and they helped me come up with the name and more effectively the slogan underneath it, which I think are both really important. But other than that all the articles have just been my own and I’ve just been doing it myself.”
A comedy writer at heart, The Bunion creator took inspiration from other comedy publications and writers to hone his craft.
“I really enjoy The Onion articles in general, The Onion is excellent...also Colbert even Jonathan Swift, just classic satire just knowing how to say what you want to say in a subtle way and in a mannered way as possible to get the point across without offending people and hopefully amusing them and enlightening them at the same time,” said The Bunion creator.
To find inspiration, The Bunion creator looks within his daily life--usually at the actions that frustrate and annoy him.
“The first article I wrote was about just the stupidity, well I thought of closing the old entrance to Mugar. It just didn’t make sense to me. And then other little things like I had trouble finding a fork in the dining hall so I wrote an article about a kid who spent a while doing that...Hopefully the university keeps doing things that frustrates me so I can comment on it.”