Monday, February 28, 2011

All Hail Dan Sinker




Also known to the world as

@MayorEmanuel

"The Atlantic" picks up the wonderful story here:

Revealing the Man Behind @MayorEmanuel

Feb 28 2011,

...
For weeks, journalists and insiders have urged the person behind @MayorEmanuel to reveal himself, but he (or she) demurred. Until now. After a protracted email negotiation, the author has outed himself to The Atlantic. He's receiving no compensation.

The genius behind @MayorEmanuel is Dan Sinker, who has a heart made out of Chicago and balls of punk rock.
...

Shia Kapos at Crain's has a little more:
The writer who kept Chicago Twitter followers on the edges of their seats during the Chicago mayoral campaign has revealed himself to the Atlantic. He's Dan Sinker, a Columbia College assistant journalism professor and founder of Punk Planet, a zine that ran from 1994 to 2007.

Columbia College. Hehehe. I might have known. If they're not careful they're going to get a reputation as the whelping box for anonymous Chicago online writers :-)

What Mr. Sinker accomplished 140-characters at a time was as beautifully executed a piece of hilariously subversive public performance art as I have seen in a long, long time.

Outstanding, Red Team, outstanding!
Get you a case of beer for that one.

4 comments:

Mister Roboto said...

Completely off-topic: Does anybody remember this guy from the final year of Steve Gilliard's News Blog? (Well, not completely off-topic, as there is a similar "funny parody" theme in common.)

Malacandra said...

And all this time I had thought it was you, Drifty...

Cirze said...

No links?

For those of us not "in" the Chicago in circles?

Is Chicago College one of those made-up colleges for those who couldn't even get into State?

And there's no way he wasn't "paid."

S

redoubt said...

"Do you want to talk to the person in charge, or the person who knows what's going on?"

The people in charge got their MBAs from U of Chicago. The people who know what's going on went to Columbia College.

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