I had a half hour meeting with La Tondra and Tania, which went very well.
I sent this letter to the editors of WRAL's website:
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 10:06 AM
To: ralnews; email@example.com
Subject: WRAL.com - Website Feedback
More and more in your online stories, I am seeing the use of underscores instead of hyphens/dashes to set off a phrase. What is up with that?
Twice in this story: http://www.wral.com/news/4839749/detail.html with "I thought it's two birds with one stone _ to lose weight and to prove a point for the little fat people...," and "said Oak Brook, Ill.-based company is pleased _ but not surprised _ that some customers have lost weight eating only at the fast-food giant."
Grammatically, these should be dashes/hyphens. What gives?
I received this response:
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 10:20 AM
Thanks for your note. We now have an automated feed of stories from the Associated Press. The underscores unfortunately come across in the AP feed incorrectly. We've been trying to tweak other things in the feed, like pictures, and haven't gotten to this issue yet.
Thanks for pointing it out. I'm going to pester our tech folks about this. Thanks for visiting WRAL.com
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I took a two-hour nap this evening, before heading out to Durham to see Zona Rosa.
Synopsis: Christian is our guide to Mexico City's infamous Zona Rosa, or “pink zone,” in this intimate portrait of a select group of exotic dancers. Christian and his friends, all avowedly straight, rule the roost at a nightclub that caters to a mixed gay and straight audience. They share surprisingly tender observations of not only club life but also of their personal challenges and goals. Dan Castle’s camera captures their amusingly choreographed strip shows and big-dick contests, but never depicts his subjects with anything less than the respect they deserve.
What I liked most about this film was learning about the perceived, what I think of as, "stratum of stripping" discussed in the film.
I also found Christian's dance-centric paradigm of a "stripper" fascinating -- both his insistence that the dancing is the foundation of his definition of a stripper, and his seeming inability to consider that that's only a definition and not the definition.