Friday, May 15, 2015
hand = short
If you can point me in the direction of one person on the internet who actually knows what she or he is talking about, and isn't merely restating what someone else said from a position of greater illusory expertise, I promise to begin making a list of Real Geniuses for your reading and researching ease.
Alternatively, we could list all the "experts" who write interesting plagiarisms of others' supposed wisdom but presented as their own. However, I don't think I have enough hours left in this mortal realm to compile such a long list.
Maybe we should look for another topic. Here's a good one.
Well then, how about this one?
Perhaps the subtlety is too nebulous there. Let's try another.
That one is pretty obvious in suggesting the difference between Irony and hipster irony. Yet it may still be too obscure for most.
Inigo may be funnier than Mandy. Is that ironic?
Let's go back to Parody vs Satire, though. I know a lot of people who think Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart and Bill Maher are/were satirists.
Things get murkier at the alleged "home of Internet satire" known as The Onion. La Cebolla imagines itself a font of satire, but it's actually a nerve center for parody.
Throughout the history of the Internet, participating internet commenters and writers have repeatedly demonstrated the following:
* most people label as "ironic" things which are not
* most people call parody "satire"
* most people encountering satire call it hate, prejudice, ignorance, or anything but what it is
* many people who fancy themselves writers can't tell irony from parody from satire
This fellow would not be surprised:
Enrico Fermi would ask why the Expert Meme applies to a fellow who copied Fermi's ideas and claimed them as his own.
--Hyman M. Lohmann