The world of internet comedy just got a little more meta with today's launch of the The Final Edition, a parody news site that commemorates the supposed death of The New York Times. Helmed by former editor-in-chief of Spy magazine Tony Hendra, The Final Edition looks pretty impressively like a more rickety version of the Times website, with most of the sections crossed out. An editor's note explains: "In this edition of the New York Times, our usual 14 verticals (known for 141 years as 'sections') have been collapsed to 3. The reason is a marked lack of reporters and hence reportage." The new verticals are respectively World/U.S./SoHo; Busy, Busy Day; and Art, Life, Whatever.
Surrounding the lead image, an animated gif of the Times building in flames, are a lot of stories about the lead image. Times editors have evidently torched the building for insurance money, the public editor explains how they justify the arson and a mock Timescast video shows an intern interview Times editor-in-chief Bill Keller, played by Hendra himself, conducting a Skype call with the final foreign correspondent. How many jokes can you possibly make about the death of the New York Times?