Sick of the overwhelming stupid smacking you in the ear every day at Cornell University? Send us the hilarious, stupid or just out there things you hear, when and where you heard them, and by who (no names, just generic description) and we'll publish them. Either post it as a comment or send it to overheardatcornell@gmail.com. Good luck, and happy hearing

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Stolen!

I dont know how many of you caught today's Daily Sun, or how many of you saw the new column by one Monika Derrien, but it was brought to my attention by a friend. The article is entitled 'Overheard: Eavesdroppers Welcome'. It reads like a bad update of this blog, with a cutesy little intro in which she tells us 'Look for more overheards every Thursday!' and then moves on to a couple of mediocre overheards. The article contains no reference to this blog and we were not contacted.
Sure, it's possible that she just came up with the idea on her own, but I find that fairly hard to believe. Especially given her email address is the ever so different overheard.cornell@gmail.com (I can imagine a Vanilla Ice-esque explanation: 'No no no, my adress is overheard.cornell, theirs is overheardatcornell!) Yes, that's right, we've been flagrantly ripped off, and by the Sun no less! A letter to the editor is currently in the works. It's very possible that her editors (or the entire editorial staff) were unaware of this blog, and if she had contacted us we would have been more than pleased to cooperate (I mean, think about the exposure) but in fact she just stole the idea, plain and simple.
I doubt the editors of the Sun wanted this, or would support this once they were made aware of the situation. But I just wanted you all to know we here at overheard were not involved and not contacted with regards to this article.
We'll keep you updated as more develops.
-the ear

PS- I gave you her email address with a knowing wink.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder whether she thought it was peculiar that "Overheardatcornell@gmail.com" was taken.

9:38 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw that article and was definitely puzzled, what with the format being pretty much indistinguishable from this site. hope you guys come out on top.

9:39 AM

 
Blogger Beeeej said...

Let me get this straight...

...you're upset with the Daily Sun because you think they stole from you the idea of ripping off Overheard in New York?

I think you need to get over yourselves.

5:48 PM

 
Blogger The Ear said...

Actually Beeeej, when we began our website we contacted the webmaster of Overheard in New York, talked about Overheard in NYC in our first update and profile, and still have a link to it in the bookmark bar on the right, all things which you may not have been aware of. Furthermore, our site does not compete for material with Overheard in NYC. If the Sun or Ms. Derrien had contacted us, referenced our site, or made any concession to our existence of which she was clearly aware, there would be no problem at all. Though this is just a small blog in a sea of meaningless internet information, a lot of time and effort has been spent working on it and updating it, and to see this work impinged upon is tremendously frustrating.
On the other hand, thank you for your thoughtful and invaluable advice. On your reccomendation we've actually sent half our staff to a Buddhist monastery in Nepal, where they will learn to decentralize their own identities into the greater life force, in an attempt to 'take themselves less seriously'. They are also learning martial arts. We're very excited.

6:55 PM

 
Anonymous Montoya said...

I have to admit, the Daily Sun is really struggling this year. They can't seem to come up with any good content at all... just like all the previous years.

2:41 PM

 
Blogger emmy239 said...

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11:55 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with all due respect,
i know monika personally and she was (to my surprise, actually), completely unaware of this blog or the affiliated livejournal. perhaps you can work collaboratively with her on the project?
or, you can let the sun sink as it will anyway and continue to provide fabulous overheards of your own! maybe just get the sun to put in a plug for this site, and your troubles will be long gone

11:56 PM

 
Blogger Beeeej said...

the ear -

Thank you for clarifying Overheard at CU's origins. I indeed wasn't aware that you'd contacted Overheard at NYC rather than just ripping them off, and I apologize for implying otherwise.

Thanks also for the laugh, I enjoyed it. :-)

5:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or the people who posted here could realize that about 30,000 people read the sun online and in print every day and, while she should have absolutely given you credit, you should work with her to your ultimate glory

3:25 PM

 

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