I thought The Civilian was meant to be satire?

It is like Ben has hacked into my office webcam…

media3stWhale Oil blogger Cameron Slater has decided to take a brief break from watching real-time traffic to his website, deciding that it was “probably that time of year” to go outside.

Slater, whose website remains the most-visited blog in New Zealand, normally tells the time of day by how many visitors are sifting through his tens of daily posts about Len Brown, David Cunliffe and slapstick comedy, but today expressed a desire to see the world as the common people see it.

Slater said he was very nearly dissuaded from venturing outside when he saw that one of his tweets had been retweeted by an actual human being, but was swiftly disappointed when he discovered that it was only Justice Minister Judith Collins, from whom he also received his last 30 text messages.  

He described his subsequent experience in the daylight as being “strange” and “underwhelming,” making sure to note that traffic on his street was “substantially less” than traffic to his website.

Slater has called media four separate times since being spoken to this afternoon, seeking to confirm that his quip about traffic would be included in any eventual story.

When last heard from, Slater was “fairly sure” he would go inside again soon, but was first considering mowing his berms.

This beats David Fisher’s “real New Zealand” fluff pieces for accuracy and insight.

I should ask Ben if he’d like to be my biographer.


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  • Steve R

    haha thats good Cam , your every move is of someones interest

  • Lion_ess

    The best satire is usually right on the nail.

  • Patrick

    In the interests of fairness his next target should be The Stranded – or will this kid just satirise the so called right wing bloggers? Anyone think it unusual how he makes the link between the country’s most popular blog & the country’s second most popular politician? Accidental? I doubt it.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    To get taken the piss of like that it shows you are a big player – good job!

    “When last heard from, Slater was “fairly sure” he would go inside again soon, but was first considering mowing his berms.”


  • Timboh

    Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.

    Jonathan Swift

  • disqus_Aa7kWsb7Fp

    Some-ones envious of success :)

  • Rat

    Satire and Truth aren’t really that far removed, except that last bit about Berms, young Ben hasn’t yet realised the separation between tenant, Council and Landlord