Zaytung’s Almanac: Honest, Impartial and Unscrupulous

Zaytung’s Almanac: Honest, Impartial and Unscrupulous

At the end of last year, the popular humor site Bobiler.örg published its most popular collages in the form of a book. Titled “The Bobiler History of 2011”, the book covered daily events of the year in the Bobiler style. A similar work now comes from Zaytung, Turkey’s finest news source à la The Onion.

“Zaytung: 2009-2011” covers the entire period from its inception in 2009 until the end of the year 2011. The contents, in chronological order, reflect the trends and events of Turkey’s past 2.5 years, the Zaytung way.

The almanac opens with the foreword by the Head of Zaytung PR:

“Hereby with this document, we republish all the content of zaytung.com from its establishment in 2009 until the end of 2011, in chronological order, with the aim of reliving the memories in 20-30 years, by which time the site will be gone; to make a consolatory hardcopy backup of the web site in case the server crashes, leaving no backup behind; and to make some money, if at all possible.”

We reached Ersin Özbükey, the correspondent for many of the news on the site, to hear his comments. Although he felt slightly cheated by Zaytung’s decision not to create a special section in his name, Mr. Özbükey still agreed to meet us to talk about the almanac. After complaining about the fickleness of so-called friends and fans, he expressed severe loneliness, and commented that he has fallen on hard times, unable to pay his rent in his Nişantaşı house and lead a modest life. He said he would, however, read the book if someone brought him a copy.

The Zaytung almanac is a valuable resource for remembering the events of an entire two and a half years. We advise you to buy a copy even if you are a daily reader of the site.

This article by Bahadır Atasoy, originally published in sosyalmedya.co in Turkish, is adapted into English by Süleyman Okan.

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