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Topic: Smashing Pumpkins looking for new media staff!

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On bullettwoutbutterflywings wrote:

Attention members of the Smashing Pumpkins community:

Smashing Pumpkins dot com is looking to recruit 5 more correspondents into the ranks of the Smashing Pumpkins Media Militia. These correspondents will be given the task of writing articles, editorials, critical reviews and posing questions to the fan base. We are looking for inquisitive minds and people who will look past the surface of being a fan and explore the deeper themes of the band past, present and future.

These 5 positions will work directly with the Pumpkins Media Militia on creating suitable content for SP.com. These will be paid positions and should be considered part-time work. There will be weekly deadlines and creative thinking is a must-have. A strong knowledge of the history of The Smashing Pumpkins is a plus. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Applicants may be from anywhere in the world, however a strong comprehension of English is expected.

Applicants must provide resumes and a sample essay/article of 750 words or less.

The essay or article should relate to the band and should made in the hopes of generating discussion amongst the fanbase, as if it were on the site. We are not looking for overtly benevolent praise for the band, critical thought and scrutiny is encouraged.
For those without a strong writing background, some suggestions follow. Variations on these suggestions or anything completely different is encouraged:

– What kind of album would adore have been if Jimmy Chamberlin had played drums on it?

– If Machina had turned out as an actual double LP, how would things have turned out differently, it at all?

– What impact has the 7-seven break-up of the band had on the music world?

– What song if any, stands out the most as an oddity on Siamese Dream and why?

To submit your application for this position you have a user account on smashingpumpkins.com.
Please send a private message to user PumpkinsMediaMilitia on smashingpumpkins.com with the title APPLICATION and your email address in the message portion. An email will be sent to you that you may respond to with your resume and essay in either PDF or text document form.

(taken from MySpace blog of February 14th)

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On manillascissor wrote:

Cool info Arthur. You doing this?

in my time of dying
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On Arthur wrote:

Before I even could consider that (as if I’m not too busy already :lol: ) it is closed already.

Almost 300 persons applied for the jobs. No chance anyway.

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On bullettwoutbutterflywings wrote:

hey anyone get an email from pmm today?

i did and wanna know what it said?

"shiny, let's be bad guys"--jayne cobb-the hero of canton
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On Arthur wrote:

I think I just read on sp.com that the ones getting an email have moved to the next phase?

Can we congratulate you bullet? :roll:

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On bullettwoutbutterflywings wrote:

no, i got a sorry but you suck letter.

not a you are great and we want to hear more.

:cry:

but that is alright, they said i suck in a nice way.

did anyone get a you don’t suck letter?

"shiny, let's be bad guys"--jayne cobb-the hero of canton
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On bullettwoutbutterflywings wrote:

i am having a pity party later, anyone wanna go?

"shiny, let's be bad guys"--jayne cobb-the hero of canton
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On Arthur wrote:

Hmmm… I applied too, and didn’t hear anything.

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On bullettwoutbutterflywings wrote:

maybe you will be getting one of the we love you and want to hear more letters.

i hope so.

"shiny, let's be bad guys"--jayne cobb-the hero of canton
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On Arthur wrote:

I think it’s too early to be excited about that signal, of getting nothing.

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On bullettwoutbutterflywings wrote:

i will cross my fingers for you.

"shiny, let's be bad guys"--jayne cobb-the hero of canton
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On Arthur wrote:

Thanks. My essay is somewhere here on the board, maybe you read it?

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On bullettwoutbutterflywings wrote:

i did, i liked it very much. you will probably be one of the \"chosen ones\" (cue the music).

if not, don’t worry, i will help you plan a pity party.

i will not post mine, cause obviously it sucked.

"shiny, let's be bad guys"--jayne cobb-the hero of canton
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On Arthur wrote:

Oh well, thanks! I mean I had written it very last minute, as officially I was too late. But PMM wanted to have mine in anyway. English is not my first language either, so you never know what they are looking for in another country. Some friends liked my essay also, but yeah… they are being polite I guess. :lol:

But I would be very proud to be on their list, lemme tell you. And that’s an understatement. Still I think that announcement on sp.com says that everybody should be getting an email? Really , I got nothing yet.

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On brotagaia wrote:

I got a \"sorry you weren’t chosen\" letter – Which is fine, because i know my writing was great anyway. When my book is published I won’t have to grant them copyright privileges.

I have to write essays all the time for university and i know it was structured properly and written well and I definitely got my point across. I even got my boss, who has been a practicing lawyer for over 30 years and is very fluent in the English language to read it and he said it was great as well.

I don’t need some website with writers who can’t spell, write or even punctuate properly to tell me that my writing wasn’t what they were looking for. Of course it wasn’t. I should have just scribbled on a piece of paper with crayons, added some drool for effect and said \"pleez pik mine writing story i luv teh pumpknz\".

All I know is that these writers had better have a better grasp of English than I do to make me eat my proverbial words.

What I fear is lost here..
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On manillascissor wrote:

i’m not quite as confident in mine brotagaia, but pretty close. i wrote it in 30-40 mins, it was a page long, got straight to the point, and was one of the better critiques i’ve ever written.

and the way the \"media militia\" responded to a few inquiries as to the status of the hiring left a lot to be desired.

basically, i’m glad i wasn’t picked either, because i don’t want to work for such assholes.

for the record, i didn’t get an email either way, which again, doesn’t surprise me. not even organized enough to send rejection letters to all that applied. real fucking professional. :roll:

in my time of dying
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On brotagaia wrote:

I was less than impressed with the condescending tone of the email that came out with the application – giving us very specific instructions of how to name the files like we’re all morons and then the threads where people were asking about the status of the applications and they were very abrupt about it. I think these people must think they’re King Dick or something because they get to write for the official SP website. I don’t know who recruited them because they sound like tools. Just because they get to write for the band it doesn’t make them \"better\" than everyone else, which to me they clearly think they are.

The fact that people didn’t even get emailed responses impresses me even less.. maybe we should have put in our applications \"please be VERY SURE to spell my email address CORRECTLY\". Their most recent post pisses me off even more – \" This was NOT A CONTEST, but a chance to show your employable worth and motivation. Anyone complaining about the way things were handled was not chosen for a karmatic reason.\"

What a crock of shit. Karma my ass. Everyone who applied and followed the instructions correctly is clearly demonstrating their motivation and employable worth by having checked the website often enough to see this advertised job in the first place. It’s not unreasonable to follow up on a job application, especially when time constraints weren’t specified and more than a month had gone past. Considering the fact that they wanted these applications submitted quickly gives even more of a reason to follow up.

Sure, I’m bitter and annoyed that my essay wasn’t picked, but more annoyed because these clearly unprofessional people seem to have no idea how to co-ordinate a job recruitment process and treat people like they aren’t scum.

What I fear is lost here..
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On Arthur wrote:

News: at least 1 SPfreaks member got confirmation he is in the next round. He has to write another essay within 48 hours. Just to be sure I asked their Media Dept. why 2 of us didn’t get any email.

Could it mean that we are in the top 5 already without having to do anything? :wink:

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Superlordspamulon wrote:

Oh awesome!

So apparently I don't post very often these days
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On manillascissor wrote:

News: at least 1 SPfreaks member got confirmation he is in the next round. He has to write another essay within 48 hours. Just to be sure I asked their Media Dept. why 2 of us didn’t get any email.

Could it mean that we are in the top 5 already without having to do anything? :wink:[/quote:15xz4ccb]

Yeah right!

Nice new avatar. ;)

in my time of dying
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On bullettwoutbutterflywings wrote:

yes, the email that was sent out was very condesending. and i was confident in mine, untill i got the you suck ass letter.

and i am disapointed, i wanted the position.

plus it was just the end to a very crappy day anyway. the poo on top of the crappy cake.

so yes, bitter, and upset, and mad. that is what i am

on the other hand, if someone from here got into the next round i am very glad for them.

"shiny, let's be bad guys"--jayne cobb-the hero of canton
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On Im a Cult Hero wrote:

Shame the letter couldn’t have been a bit nicer bullet *offers you a cookie*

And congrats to the mystery member who got through to the next round!
I think the final is decided by thumb wrestling to the death by the two finalists so better get training now!

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On Arthur wrote:

Yeah right!

Nice new avatar. ;)[/quote:1p2vsm99]
Thanks. I presume we 2 didn’t make it manillascissor, let’s be honest. I’m not sad nor mad about it personally, like bullet. Too much other fun things to do, to even be bothered about it more than a few seconds. Though I can understand your frustration bullet, when writing is a big hobby of yours.

But I had always wished 1 of us SPfreaks webmasters or teammembers would make it, and there’s 1 of us still in the race, at least. I’m happy. He’s a great (professional) writer and already wrote tons of essays about the Smashing Pumpkins.

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On manillascissor wrote:

Well, yeah, I’m going with I didn’t make it either, because I didn’t get a thumb up or down. Only one straight up the ass, as it were.

I’m happy for the one member who did make it through, however. Seeing as how this person writes a lot, it should be obvious to the Media Militia that this person belongs with them. :)

I’m mainly bothered by the person(s) who were handling this. Very unprofessional. Buyer beware, fellow freak. Careful what you might be stepping into. You may need sewer boots.

in my time of dying
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On Arthur wrote:

manillascissor, I guess the difference is why we never heard something so far, is that Sven already applied in time (and re-applied together with us 2). You and I were asked in person to apply because we are running SPfreaks.com. That was about a month after the deadline. I presume we will get a \"Thank You, but you’re not the ones\" seperately a bit later.

It’s not the most pro job application procedure I have ever been in, not the worst either. The real life job I’m doing now for almost 10 years, it took them 3-4 months before they even replied anything. And I just love my job now, with pretty nice colleagues and challenging projects to do.

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."

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