The Digital Journalist
December 2004

by Beverly Spicer

It seems the presidential election had three phases this year. A kind of mass hysteria prevailed beforehand—mass media madness and web frenzy, that is. Election Day finally arrived, and when the counting was done, the nation got a good look at how divided it really is. Whether surprised, stunned or downright ecstatic, it seemed like every voter's opinion was reinforced with a capital R, slamming people to the poles on the continuum of political sentiment.

Two sites stood out above all the other post-election fallout, and one could devote more than a few minutes exploring both of them. SORRYEVERYBODY and its corollary, WERENOTSORRY, provided endless balm for the downhearted losers, camaraderie for the victorious, and plenty of sarcasm and sass for the opinionated. SORRY people posted photos of themselves, pets or children, with a note addressed to the world, apologizing for the outcome of the election. Conversely, NOTSORRY's posted and gloated in photos and notes about the triumph. On SORRYEVERYBODY, there are many responses from other countries with messages such as, "We understand," "Don't worry about it, we still love you" or "You can come live with us." Since NOTSORRY's were making no apologies, it didn't stimulate much response from foreign lands. SORRYEVERYBODY still exists on the web, and if what you see below only whets your appetite, you can see about 7000 more photos posted on the site. Unfortunately, WERENOTSORRY has vanished from cyberspace, but a few of its postings managed to survive at NOTSORRYNOTEVERYBODY. Check out some of the gems from each site below.

Someone wrote to a conservative news and opinion site with a parodied post to SORRYEVERYBODY from alpha archenemy Osama Bin Laden. Somehow, however, I don't think this message ever made it beyond MIGHTYRIGHTY.

Finally, TONIGHT SHOW's Jay Leno gave us an interview with the esteemed winner himself, marvelously impersonated by an actor who remains nameless at this writing. Whatever else has transpired, we can't say comedy has suffered, and we're sure to have much more where this came from for four more years.

Happy holidays, and keep your sense of humor until we see you next year!

© Beverly Spicer

Beverly Spicer is a writer, photojournalist, and cartoonist, who faithfully chronicled The International Photo Congresses in Rockport, Maine, from 1987 to 1991. Her book, THE KA'BAH: RHYTHMS OF CULTURE, FAITH AND PHYSIOLOGY, was published in 2003 by University Press of America. She lives in Austin.

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