It appears as if there’s an entire community of aspiring ASiF writers out there. With so many true but bizarre events transpiring these days, it’s often hard to discern actual reporting from editorial from satire. The classic Karl Marx quote is that history repeats itself first as a tragedy, then as a farce.
If the offerings of popular media are any indication of where we are in Marx’s continuum of history, then it’s likely culture and society have moved into the farce stage. In a recent study by the Brookings Institution and the Public Religion Research Institute, Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central’s eponymously named show is considered a more reliable news source than MSNBC. Of course that’s a low bar, but the implications of that are astounding.
On any given day in popular media, there’s always front page coverage of The Life Of Kim, the top 5 beach bodies, the top hunkiest actors, or the most recently rumored Apple device. Media has become a resource for 12 year old girls. Rolling Stone for years has tried to present itself as the cool rag of the leftist intelligentsia and in truth, they’ve had some good articles when Matt Taibbi was on board. With this article on the five deadliest guns, they have truly jumped the shark and abandoned any pretense of intellectual reportage.
Fortunately, there seems to be a contingent of people out there who get it. It is within the comments section to this piece where the most entertaining snippets lie. Actually, there’s plenty of fodder there for future columns. For those too lazy to click on the link, here are some real gems:
The 5 Most Dangerous Marx Brothers:
Five most common vehicles used by drunk drivers:
2. Pick up trucks.
Five Most Dangerous Rock Bands
5) Rick Derringer
4) L.A. Guns
3) Guns ‘n Roses
2) Shotgun Messiah
1) The Beatles during the recording of “Revolver”
Five most dangerous seasons:
5. Rabbit Season
4. Duck Season
3. Rabbit Season
2. Rabbit Season
1. Duck Season….
And for the global warming crowd:
100% chance you will die if you drink water
100% chance you will die if you breathe Oxygen
We’re going to get these guys on staff.