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Apple: You Need a "Dirty Mind" to Be in This Business

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Thankfully, there are blindingly oblivious people still working in the newspaper industry. Otherwise, we'd be missing out on a lot of laughs and Jay Leno wouldn't be where he is today.

Wait, what am I saying?

In a recent post for the American Copy Editors Society, freelance visual journalist and instructor Charles Apple stresses how important it is to have a "dirty mind" when working in the publishing business. (Just ask the Post.) Otherwise, content that would normally be spotted by a junior high English class would be sent straight to print.

And, in turn, Google+ posts, Facebook updates, Twitter links, and millions of smartphones nationwide. Not to mention Fail Blog.

"That's the only way you can avoid running something like this graphic -- cell-camera shots of which have been zooming around the internets over the past day or so," Apple adds.

"Now, chances are about five percent of you don't 'get' what I'm talking about with that graphic illustration. But at least 95 percent of you do -- in fact, you're laughing like mad right now. Which proves my point," Apple writes. "You need to have a dirty mind to be in the business of mass communications. Or, at the very least, you need someone with a dirty mind on your staff. Because you do not want to give the sixth grader in all of us this kind of viral amusement."

Apple adds a few other "suggestive" images in his post. And yes, they did make me laugh.

Guess my job is safe.

(See also: God Bless the Restauranteur Who Banned Kids Under Six from His Establishment and Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space)
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