Saturday, August 18, 2007

Sometimes a little bit of satire...

...says it better than almost anything else could. Check this out:




7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve,

Actually I wonder if the effect of the SHAM movement in the US is not also imbedded in the "speech" culture and its religious, "evangelical" kind of background?

Vanessa

Anonymous said...

Steve,

I think The Onion is, possibly, the best newspaper we have today. This week's issue, especially, nails many ideas we talk about here. As I said before, they always remind me there is a "center" and the joke is how far mainstream thinking can wander from it.

Vanessa,

I think you might be on to something (though, as someone who was "raised in the church", it didn't seem to get to me) listening, uncritically, to a designated leader does seem to come naturally to many Americans.

Is "uncritically" a word?

Steve Salerno said...

Vanessa, yes, uncritically is a word--often the perfect word for American idol worship. We have this peculiar tendency to equate visibility with credibility. Put somebody on TV, or otherwise in the public eye, and the mass of Americans will listen--uncritically--to just about anything he or she says. And will even emulate whatever he/she does. My wife and I used to joke that if Madonna, during her heyday, walked out onstage wearing a Viking helmet and panties, pretty soon you'd see young women (and not-so-young women) all over America walking down the street in Viking helmets and panties....

Anonymous said...

Steve,

Thanks for the first real laugh of the day.

Sam

Mary Anne said...

I so love the "Onion." The scary thing is this article is TRUE!

Anonymous said...

Steve: I agree with Mary and Vanessa about the Onion. There's really nothing else like it. It's hard to sustain that quality of biting satire all the time but they manage to do it. Alice Horning

Steve Salerno said...

Harrumph! And I would've thought SHAMblog was the epitome of cogent social commentary...

Seriously, I'm more than happy to feature top-notch satirical comment on self-help, whatever its origins--and the roster of people/places who are beginning to take a serious (or non-serious) look at the SHAMscape grows monthly. This kind of scrutiny is long overdue, of course, but better late than never.