Ashlee Vance: The Mother of all Polls
Hero or Zero? The readers must decide
Poll Our stateside correspondent Ashlee Vance has been taking a bit of a pasting recently from irate readers who objected to ongoing coverage of the American Dream on wheels - the Segway.
One tirade of abuse stood out above the howling mob of opprobrium because it raised an interesting question which we believe demands clarification. Take it away John Gray in last week's letters:
Have you guys ever noticed the lack of real wit and talent from Ashlee Vance?
Ashlee perhaps tries to hard to be clever but it just comes out as retarded. Maybe in the UK you find her humour funny because it is so bad? Let me know if I'm supposed to laugh at her instead of with her.
I've typcially enjoyed the Register for over six years. Maybe I'm the only loyal fan who thinks she's garbage (rubbish) but perhaps you would take a readers' poll?
Now, I have a brother named Ashley and also an American female friend called Ashley and since I have never met Ashlee Vance in the flesh I cannot in all honesty attest to the gender of our US polemicist.
Accordingly, we have decided to let readers decide the sex of Mr/Mrs/Ms Vance. We have also acceded to John Gray's demand for a poll to determine whether or not readers find Vance's work worthy of the mighty Reg and have furthermore thrown in a few other questions for good measure.
Vance has been informed that although there's no job on the line here, an adverse result may affect his/her prospects in the forthcoming Vulture Central pay review. So, now you know what's at stake, let's get to the poll: