Ageism and its 'fallout', could, indeed, be 'hitting' the pages of The Spoof within the month.
It is rumoured that the owner of this popular site is getting a little tired of the 'older' writers as they often appear to be under the infuluence of medications, or other 'mind altering substances' when they write.
He accepts that many older writers are suffering from arthritis, high blood pressure, bad backs, creaky knees etc. early onset of Alzheimers and that many do indeed confess to be taking large amounts of meds. just to 'function', on a daily basis.
Mark accepts this, to a degree, however, he is beginning to realize their work is being affected.
For example: when typing, some Spoofers who 'touch type' miss keys and end up, often writing 'shite' when they do, indeed, mean 'white'. Also writing 'balls' when they are writing about 'malls', 'Vagina'when writing about 'Regina' (in Canada), 'cunt cakes' when they are typing out recipes about 'bunt cakes'. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND NO AND NO AND NO AND ON
Mark is not worried about Spoof Writers' wrinkles - as are the 'high ups' in t.v. and movies - with close definition seeking out every wrinkle and blackhead on the faces of well-known aging actors and t.v. presenters, because the faces of Mark's writers are never seen for the most part. (I HAVE heard that Lady Godiva's new avatar is really HER head, with a stupid hairstyle she conjured up for a laugh when she posted it on one of her favourite Susan Boyle sites.)
Mark's main worry is that, if he continues to accept articles written by 'older writers' and publish them, out of sheer kindness and love, pity and concern, then he risks losing his site altogether.
One solution is, to keep the older writers 'on', but have all of their articles edited by younger, more savvy writers who can pick up on the 'errors' of the 'old boys and gals' and fix 'em before they reach the new Approval Centre.
Mark really DOES care about his writers and hopes that this situation can be resolved without any discussion on the Discussion Forums.
Morrisons have a special on this week.....but I can't remember what it is.