Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Will Hagle
TrapCrunch is a site which parodies Techcrunch in order to deliver smart, funny, satirical technology news.
The Onion has remained a cultural force even during the transition to online content that forced many print publications to close their doors. If the success of shows like The Colbert Report is any indication, people still desire satirical news. The difference is that now there are tons of satirical news websites, a phenomenon that caused The Onion to vary its approach by launching the hilarious Buzzfeed-style parody site Clickhole. TrapCrunch is a similarly hilarious site that has one obvious target: Techcrunch. From its name to its logo to the way the site is designed to the topics covered in the articles, TrapCrunch is a direct parody of the popular tech news site. It’s obvious that the creators of TrapCrunch know their source material well, and it’s good to see the tech community being able to poke some fun at itself.
TrapCrunch articles with headlines like “Book is Netflix for Oysters” play on the ways in which companies pitch their products to investors and potential users alike. That article imagines a company called Book which has a recommendation engine that helps users find the right type of oyster — a funny send-off of the actually quite cool Oyster. There are also stories like “Testimony: I met My Wife Through Yo,” which don’t seem like they’d be that far from the truth. It seems as if the majority of the articles found on TrapCrunch will only be amusing to a specific, Silicon Valley-based audience, although there are articles to which anyone who’s spent time on the Internet can relate. Like Techcrunch itself, TrapCrunch is only improved by its active and often equally-as-hilarious commenters.