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Title text: For obvious reasons, the prize is awarded at a different time of year from the others, while it's still fresh in the committee's memory.
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The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for spectacular writing (there are many categories; see here). Snapchat is a photo-sending app that allows the receiving user to only view the photo (known as a "snap") for a few seconds before it is deleted.
Cueball reads about the prize but then when Megan states the she heard the picture was really good Cueball becomes disappointed because he has missed out on the chance to see the prize winning photo due to the temporary nature of Snapchat.
The title text extends this ephemeral nature of Snapchat's content to the prize awarded for it: The other Pulitzer prizes are announced annually in April and awarded in May (except for 2016, the centennial year, when an awards dinner will be held in October). The Snapchat Pulitzer alone must be awarded as quickly as possible after the winner has been decided, before the prize committee forgets what the winning picture looked like. This of course underlines how silly this idea is, because only images seen during the assembly of the price committee can be seen and remembered, and it is not possible to arrange this based on any knowledge of when a Pulitzer prize "worthy" snap will be released.
Seems like Randall is first of all making fun of snap chat, and the idea that you cannot save the images for later (although with screen shots, it is possible to many's regret after having send something very personal). But he is also mocking the Pulitzer prize for having too broad a spectrum of categories, including two for photography.
- [Cueball and Megan standing together. He holds a smartphone in his left hand and looks at it.]
- Cueball: Oh, the Pulitzer Prize for Snapchat was just awarded.
- Megan: Yeah.
- Megan: I hear the photo was really good.
- Cueball: Aw, maaaan...
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