What's In a Name, Version 2.0
Some hack writer from the late 16th and early 17th centuries named William Shakespeare famously asked, “What’s in a name?” He’d be shocked by what goes for a name these days.
Jennifer Thornburg wanted to make a statement about animal dissection in schools. She simply went a step beyond what most of us would do by officially changing her name to a URL address:
Her name, as you might suspect, takes interested Internet surfers to a PETA-linked site criticizing animal dissection. Clever, very clever … except that her driver’s license reads Dissection.com, Cutout.
Like all things Web, this could catch on:
With her Today show announcement that she’ll probably have more kids with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie will become OneWomanRepopulatingTheEarth.com.
With their recent comedy performance at the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York, Barack Obama and John McCain will vie to become BetterAtStandUpThanAtCampaigning.com.
With the shameful media attention to his personal life after he was cited as an “everyman” in the final presidential candidate debate, “Joe the Plumber” will become LeaveMeTheF#@%Alone.com.
With the lack of any real response to their reunion, New Kids on the Block will become DidAnyoneNoticeWeGotBackTogether?.com.
With Obama treating McCain like George W. Bush, McCain will become StopPretendingI’mGeorgeWBush.com.
With Obama expected to get more votes from people excited about the idea of him than people excited about him, he will become KeepPretendingI’mJFK.com.
With the ubiquitous TV ads for Subway’s line of cheap sandwiches, it won’t be long before some ambitious porn star will become Five-Dollar-Footlong.com.