A classic Astleyan argument

Who knew? (Some of you probably did, since this has been around a while, but I hadn’t seen it.) Apparently it’s possible to Rickroll a term paper.

(Via Miss Cellania, who somehow knows where all this stuff is.)


  1. Tatyana »

    2 February 2011 · 6:36 pm

    I can’t read it.
    I consider it poor page design a disrespect to the reader. If there is no contrast between a text and the background I take it as subconscious realization, on the part of the author, that his/her text is not worth of my, reader’s, attention. Black background adds 10 negative points to that conclusion.

  2. Jeffro »

    2 February 2011 · 7:55 pm

    Tat: did you look at the lighter colored highlighted words on the left side of the column?

    That “essay” took someone a lot of time, is all I’m gonna say.

  3. Tatyana »

    3 February 2011 · 3:38 am

    Jeff, highlighted words have something only in connection with the rest of the text – which is impossible to read. As “graphic designer’s trick they simply look ugly and serve no purpose.
    Someone should have put himself in place of consumer – if he wanted them to read his “essay”.

  4. fillyjonk »

    3 February 2011 · 7:07 am

    Not that well-written of a paper, but if someone in my class did that (and IF I noticed it, which would be unlikely), I’d have to give them some kinds of bonus points.

  5. Tatyana »

    3 February 2011 · 8:16 am

    FJ – why? to encourage bad taste?

  6. fillyjonk »

    3 February 2011 · 3:43 pm

    Because I had a wee little thing for Rick Astley, back when he was first popular, back when I was in high school….

    Also, it would show more effort than many students put in these days…

  7. Tatyana »

    3 February 2011 · 3:49 pm

    …aaaand I learned something new today!

  8. Jeffro »

    3 February 2011 · 8:04 pm

    Yeah, Tat – it was pretty sloppy.

  9. Tatyana »

    3 February 2011 · 10:05 pm

    Jeff…well, OK, I didn’t get it at first – I wasn’t in this country in the 80’s. Yeah, I know – excuses.
    But the graphics are still bad, regardless!

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