The Onion: Fake News Site Launches Real Archive

The Onion, the 23-year-old satir­i­cal news­pa­per that has con­tributed so much to mak­ing the past few decades a lit­tle less unbear­able, has just anounced the launch­ing of the Onion Archive Project.

The Edi­tors plan to archive new issues week­ly, ulti­mate­ly mak­ing all the print issues pub­lished between 1988–96 avail­able online. In the mean­time, they’ve post­ed four issues from 1996, where you can revis­it some of The Onion’s ear­ly jour­nal­is­tic achieve­ments, like its hard-hit­ting expose of event-fix­ing at the Spe­cial Olympics, break­ing cov­er­age of Col­orado’s ban on same-sex friend­ship, and tren­chant opin­ion pieces bemoan­ing the lack of val­or in today’s youth.

Once com­plete, the archive will prove an invalu­able resource for jour­nal­ists, politi­cians, and stu­dents of world his­to­ry. As the Edi­tors explain in their announce­ment, “No his­tor­i­cal moment can be tru­ly called great until those who remem­ber it are no longer quite sure what they saw.”

via Laugh­ing Squid

Sheer­ly Avni is a San Fran­cis­co-based arts and cul­ture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Week­ly, Moth­er Jones, and many oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. You can fol­low her on twit­ter at @sheerly.

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