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Satirical News Source Oakland Unseen Is "The Onion" of the Bay Area

“Oakland Teen Can’t Stop Quoting Drake.” “Instagram Adds Legendary Protester Frank Chu to Your Photos.” “Oakland-Themed Hotel to Open in Las Vegas.” If these headlines feel lifted from a Bay Area version of The Onion, you’re not far off. Oakland native Matt Werner has been mixing humor and biting social commentary for Oakland Unseen—his online newspaper-cum-Youtube series—since 2012, hoping to deliver important stories from Oakland in a way that will get millennials to listen. 

Oakland Gets Its Own Version of The Onion

You may have seen Matt Werner and his cronies peddling the paper—dressed up like 1920s street vendors—at last Friday's Art Murmur. Some of you may have even picked it up. If you did, you no doubt got a few chuckles out of the Bay Area's version of the infamous Onion.

No Laughing Matter: The Onion SF is Dead

Thanks again, economy. You can't really take anything seriously when speaking about The Onion, but word from Gawker is that the humor paper is closing it's San Francisco and Los Angeles editions. Despite lauching and thriving in 2005/2006, a time when newspapers were getting blistered by Craigslist, Yelp, and Google (and, still are) The Onion gobbled up young readers with its not so hard-hitting news. It's a sad day but look on the bright side: no more ink on your fingers. And, more time spent on their awesome website!

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