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Just as I suspected. So many people are trying to tell Jed he's Harvey Kurtzman's buttboy, they are clogging up the system.
Speaking of Jed, THANKS, JED, for persevering and e-mailing me your latest comment that won't post. Here it is: (Dear jabberous readers: If you can't stand to wade through illogical nonsense about Abby Hoffman and the Patriot Act, please scroll on down to the beautiful Brigham artwork that I posted last night. Thank you.)
Here's my post in response to Greg on the "Rambl'in Man" thread that won't post:
From the low brow Mad and Thomas Nast, to the high brow Thurber, satire crosses all brows, Greg. I know you didn't say that satire had a brow, but you did choose to juxtapose browness with just plain silly, and I agree that that's been the aim of SNL all along. However, for some reason, culturally the show's been associated with "edginess" ie subversiveness, which I argue, it's never been, so we still have yet to disagree.
A certain cache comes with this "edgy" title, and I think this gives the false impression that these shows, SNL, David Letterman, Conan O'Brian, and the Simpsons, largely driven by the Harvard Lampoon/National Lampoon fraternity and their boyfriends (Harold Ramis, Al Franken, Buck Henry, Second City), are throwing something other than softballs at "the man". It just aint so.
This doesn't make these shows bad or not funny. It does, however, make them less relevant than they could be if it were truly so important that they hone their "edge". This is what I mean by middle class passivity. When this is what passes for subversive in our culture, few real subversives will actually emerge. Where are the Abby Hoffmans of the post Baby Boomer generation? This is why stuff like the Patriot Act is kicking us in the balls.
No it's not the Simpsons fault, and it's not the Simpsons responsibility to be satirical. At this point I'm no longer having a Simpsons argument--that's Eeteed territory now--I'm just ellaborating on the subject of the importance of satire, based on the premise that these shows aren't.
Yes this is a completely different argument and subject. I get to do that if I want.
Also, I agree, Mark, that Carbon Credits are a ludicrous concept. If we want to sustain our environment We just plain gotta consume less. Note: OUR environment, not THE environment--OUR meaning a place that's comfortable for us to live. THE environment has survived worse than us. We're not saving the world because the world doesn't need saving, but biodiversity makes the world a whole lot more interesting and comfortable and survivable.
Geez Mark, with this Middle East book, and now the Carbon Credits thing, your starting to sound like a real Commie Liberal Pinko!
Speaking of cartoons, here's a super cool psychedelic Mickey Mouse cartoon.
Jed's right about one thing - "our" planet vs "the" planet. The planet will survive without us.
I'd add that, whatever the problem is (I'm not convinced anyone can accurately measure the scope of it), it is everybody's problem. Not the USA's problem. And if I could somehow magically become King of the Cause, I'd make everyone focus on overpopulation more than carbon emissions. I think cutting down atmosphere-cleansing rain forests so more farting cattle can graze is not helping matters much. As one example. But I don't want to spin off into Activism here, I just want you to BUY RUNAWAY COMIC #3!