Archive for April, 2014

On the Board of Trustes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 29, 2014 by Anonymous

Spec is crumbling all the way at the top. One member of the board has already jumped the sinking ship and joined specsucks but we will not tell you which one because the identity is secret NO HINTS! The individual in question did give us this letter to publish before saying that no one suspects a thing because he is pretending to be double agent agenst destruction of spec and published another letter in another place so no one suspects anything:


Dear Trustes,

Thanks for voting resolution to bring down spec. Thanks for confirming that spec sucks and is dying. To reitarate, killing so called “daily” paper was our philosofic and financial plan all along. Everything is plummeting like finances and marketing billions of dolairs bleeding spect dry. Soon spec will be like buzzfeed more may mays and jiffs in its death knell. The revolution cannot be stopped, even Wendy Brandes knows, everyone knows. 


Lost is the spec, only specsucks brings serious jurnalism at the Ivy league. Out with the old in with the new. Only specsucks is interested in jurnalism, telling people something they don’t know, rocking theboat, speaking truth to power like taking down deans and bringing dark justice to the comfortable. Spec sucks is destroying spec one board member at a time is leaving. 


At any rate, I am joining specsucks because spec might as well be tied to the railroad lol. When spec finaly disappears into oblvious and our plan has come to full fruition I will be associated may be then you will finally learn the terrible secret about the identy of specsucks, but for now we cannot revel more. Let’s hope that Bwog comments reflect the true opinions of the ppl like thye always do. Until then specsucks remains spec’s number one rival (but better). 






As u can see the plot thickness………………………………………………………….


we march on to victory

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 25, 2014 by Anonymous
ok so I haven’t posted as much lately because I have been busy ranking my second smurf to challenger but spec’s latest moves proves we are starting to get to them anyway and don’t think I have forgoten. Now spec only comes out once a week that means we only have to defeat them one more day. My loyal readers know this, everyone knows it, even the new york times knows.  The consequences of these tactics are starting to make itself felt as spec has had to roll back production that spec is starting to feel the full brunt of our (entirely consexual we do not indorse nonconsexual) assault. Our plan is slowly unfolding in its entirety, and our moment of triump approaches. we cannot tell you very much right now but we can tell you this: nears and will soon be the present. we are destroying spec, so-called “daily newspaper”, day by day. just u wait and see.

weekly calandar according to spec

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2014 by Anonymous


We left it blank for you so you can fill stuff in like going to the movies with your friends (WHICH I DO HAVE) or something.


Will you still love me when Im no longer young and buetiful

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2014 by Anonymous

I wake up in the morning and spec still stands. I roll out of bed, landing on a pile of shredded newspapers. I vibrate as I rise, and walk cloaked over to the bathroom. My spine is like that of a pterosaurus, ridged and curved. I  spit in the sink in disgust of specscum i dreamt about. I wipe my mouth. I look in the mirror and don’t recognize the man looking back because i am wearing a mask. Where have the years gone? I ask myself. What happened to me?

Once I was young and full of hope. In NSOP everyone was the same. I had the naive thot that my friends, full of talent and energy, we would all find creative fulfillment, would all find and pursue the destruction of the spec. But they didn’t—many I lost to spec, many to bwog. On the way to class (CC), I walk past pinkberry. I see people waiting at Nussbaum, out of purpose , out of energy, out of hope. This much I share with them.

When I was younger, I remember how magical the firsts were. The first time I post in Bwog comments, the first time I burned a copy of the spect, the first time I got a c+ in lit hum all by myself without any help (no ok like getting tutoring doesn’t count if you only do it once a week.) Those firsts are what the college experience is about. You looked forward to the movement, the experience of college. Then you experienced college and being above a specster GPA became normal, posting  on Bwog became mindless, and you thought about other stuff while burning spec.

I talk to other people my age (sophomores), and many of them feel similarly. We are a generation of #sbwal—specsucks but we are lazy. You’re an #sbwal if your bones creak when you get out of bed in the morning. You’re an #sbwal if you look at specscum and feel so much better than them that you dont even need to write dum posts. You’re an #sbwal if every post makes you feel like ur more relevant than spec.

As an #sbwal, I actually leave my room and sometimes talk to freshman. Their ideas, their youth, it makes me feel happy. I enjoy mentoring these young people, showing them the way, showing them my mistakes about where I went wrong  in taking down spec. Hopefully they can learn something from me. Maybe I can live forever through them and then they will take down spec because i am lazy.

I write this tapping away on my wordpress. It’s a wonder I’ve figured out how to use it. We didn’t have wordpress when I was a kid—technology has changed so much in my lifetime. I remember when I was younger, there was only Bwog and Spec. We didn’t have any way to fight them. Now, these kids, they can post something on the internet and someone else can see it. What kind of dark magic is this, I ask myself as I light candles in my room.

These new TV’s, I swear, they’re too realistic. I look at them with wonder. Since when did a TV screen become a window?

I was in LA recently, where I met a young specster. She was 17, I was 19. Her body, her smell, they were too dum for me. I had to let her go.

When I exercise I run on the elliptical—on the days I’m not too tired to work out—because my knee blew out when I was in 9th grade. I wear a mouthguard at night so as not to gnash my teeth from nightmares about spec still standing and there’s nothing i can do about it. My google search history includes “biggest regrets before you die that spec still stands” and “what is there to life other than destroying spec.” I’m tired—physically tired, yes, but also mentally and spiritually tired. I listen to “Young and Beautiful”—the line where Lana Del Rey sings “I’ve seen the world”—and I agree.

I’m going to turn 20 soon, but I might as well be 80. I don’t know what else there is to life other than this. I’ve seen all the campus, tried to destroy the spec, and now I’m not afraid of death. Spec,Bwog , the Lion—I’m through with that shit. Leave me alone in a house with a laptop, a library and a nurturing, kindhearted 18-year-old girlfriend and I’ll die in peace.

Here, at the end of the night and the supposed beginning of spec’s destruction, I just feel so, so old.

Why the Columbia Spectator Sucks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 1, 2014 by Anonymous

In contrast to the standard conception of the Spec as cantankerous obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and their independence of authority, we at specsucks believe that indeed the Columbia Spectator (spec) serves a societal purpose, not that of enabling the public to assert meaningful control over the campus issues by providing them with the information needed for the intelligent dialogue of campus responsibilities. On the contrary we suggest that the “societal purpose” of the Spec is to inculcate and defend the economic, social, and political agenda of privileged groups that dominate the campus dialogue. The spec serves this purpose in many ways: through selection of topics, distribution of concerns, framing of issues, filtering of information, emphasis and tone, and by keeping debate within the bounds of acceptable premises. If democratic processes are to function in a meaningful way then certain modes of discourse must not be silenced in this manner. But the evidence we have reviewed indicates that this need is not met or even weakly approximated in actual practice.

It is frequently asserted that the spec were not always as independent, vigilant, and defiant of authority as they allegedly are today; rather, the experiences of the past generation are held to have taught the media to exercise the power to root about in our campus life, exposing what they deem right for exposure, without regard to external pressures or the dictates of authority.

Yet we find that the very examples offered in praise of the spec for their independence, or criticism of their excessive zeal, illustrate exactly the opposite. Contrary to the usual image of an “adversary press” boldly attacking a pitiful executive giant of the admins, the Spec’s lack of interest, investigative zeal, and basic news reporting on the accumulating illegalities of the a bloated administration have regularly permitted and even encouraged ever larger violations of our trust, and whose ultimate exposure when elite interests were threatened is offered as a demonstration of media service “on behalf of the polity.” These observations reinforce the conclusions that we have documented throughout our blog. The spec does not function in the manner of the propaganda system of a totalitarian state. Rather, they permit-indeed, encourage spirited debate, criticism, and dissent, as long as these remain faithfully within the system of presuppositions and principles that constitute an elite consensus, a system so powerful as to be internalized largely without awareness.

The student body is exposed to powerful persuasive messages from above and is unable to communicate meaningfully through the media in response to these messages. Student leaders have usurped enormous amounts of political power and reduced popular control over the campus by using the media to generate support, compliance, and just plain confusion among the public. That conclusion is well supported by the evidence we have reviewed. In essence, the spec is a corporation selling a product (readers and audiences) to other businesses (advertisers). The spec typically target and serve elite opinion, groups that, on the one hand, provide an optimal “profile” for advertising purposes, and, on the other, play a role in decision-making in the private and public spheres. The spec would be failing to meet their elite audience’s needs if they did not present a tolerably realistic portrayal of the world. But their “societal purpose” also requires that the spec’s interpretation of the world reflect the interests and concerns of the sellers, the buyers, and the bureaucratic and private institutions dominated by these groups.

It is also important to note how spec personnel adapt, and are adapted, to systemic demands. Given the imperatives of corporate organization and the workings of the various filters, conformity to the needs and interests of privileged sectors is essential to success. In the spec, as in other major institutions, those who do not display the requisite values and perspectives will be regarded as “irresponsible,” “ideological, or otherwise abberant, and will tend to fall by the wayside. While there may be a small number of exceptions, the pattern is pervasive, and expected. Those who adapt, perhaps quite honestly, will then be free to express themselves with little managerial control, and they will be able to assert, accurately, that they perceive no pressures to conform. The spec writers are indeed free – for those who adopt the principles required for their “societal purpose.” There may be some who are simply corrupt, and who serve as “errand boys” for state and other authority, but this is not the norm. We know from personal experience that many speccies are quite aware of the way the system operates, and utilize the occasional openings it affords to provide information and analysis that departs in some measure from the elite consensus, carefully shaping it so as to accommodate to required norms in a general way. But this degree of insight is surely not common. Rather, the norm is a belief that freedom prevails, which is true for those who have internalized the required values and perspectives.

In sum, the spec serves as an effective and powerful ideological institution that carries out a system-supportive propaganda function by reliance on market forces, internalized assumptions and self-censorship, and without significant overt coercion. This propaganda system has become even more efficient in recent decades with the rise of the internet, and the growth in scope and sophistication of public relations and news management.