h&f 0019 Don Imus and The New Yorker – The New Face of the Literati

There is a new branch on the literati tree, one whose speech is characterized by flight well over all heads with satire so satirically satirical that it needs, oddly enough, satire-defeating explanation…  The masses are invoked by those who have decried the latest “offenses” and patronizingly described as in need of mental protection, because they just might take such satire for plain truth.

Imus, after, a comment many construed to imply racism, proffered, “I was just trying to make a sarcastic point…”

The New Yorker… (here) “The intent of the cover is to satirize the vicious and racist attacks and rumors and misconceptions about the Obamas that have been floating around in the blogosphere and are reflected in public opinion polls,” or… “I was just trying to make a sarcastic point.”

Oh the travails of the hyperliterate…

The real victims? They’re flipping New Yorker pages, nervously thinking, “I’m smart.”  “They’re joking.” “Solid satire.” “…I hope”


~ by ericjhenderson on July 16, 2008.

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