Tuesday, July 15, 2008


By Libby

I would have laughed if the New Yorker cover was of that image inside a computer screen with a black silhouette of the back of a hunched over figure at the bottom. That small addition would have made it funny.

Meanwhile, I see those of us who didn't find it funny are being accused of humor impairment by some guy who probably has it framed with a engraved plate attached that says "The Real Democrats."

Geez. Sometimes a joke just falls flat. Go ask John McCain. [via]

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Blogger Swampcracker said...

One of the comments at Crooked Timber:

He said this!
She said that!
His supporters said the other!
It’s a gaffe!
It risks alientating [sic] a key group!
She needs to repair the damage!
He needs to disassociate himself!
He should issue a statement!
She has issued a statement!
And none of it says anything worth hearing in the slightest.

Gee, why didn't I think of that?

11:30:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

As soon
as I saw that cover I had two simultaneous thoughts - that it was excellent parody and that Bubba wasn't going to get it. You're right - something should have been added to indicate it was a send up because the mouthbreathers embraced it like it was gospel vindication.

3:06:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good one SC.

Nolo, I thought it illustrated it perfectly but it just didn't make me laugh. I'm really not that humor impaired. I appreciate good parody. I just didn't think it was that good.

8:18:00 AM  
Blogger rockync said...

I also found nothing funny about the New Yorker cover, but the new JibJab is hysterical!
set to the tune of "The Times They Are A' Changin'"

7:21:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

You know, unless I missed somewhere that Blitt himself said his creation was supposed to be humorous, the intent wasn't to be funny, but quite serious, hence it's title "The politics of fear".
If there was a misstep here it was his failure to realize that wryness and irony are totally lacking in the mouthbreathing universe, so literalists would look at the cover and see reality and not grotesque satire.
What I don't understand is the left's condemnation of what he and the magazine did. Does that stem from trepidation that he played into the neocon's hands or are people on the left sardonically challenged as well? I truly didn't understand why the Obama camp got all huffy and puffy about it - did they think it was meant as an aspersion?
Being from NY, I've got to add this, as most people don't know this about New Yawkahs. We exaggerate a lot, probably too much. You know, like "You're killin' me here!" (Hands flailing) New Yorkers expect this and appreciate it, I guess a lot more than people from other parts of the country.

3:13:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Nolo, the thing is I didn't see the title Politics of Fear in the graphic. If it's there, it's too small to see. As I've said, I don't think this is huge deal and I understood what they were going for, I just didn't think it worked. Good satire is supposed to make you laugh while making a serious point. You know, like the Daily Show.

Eye of the beholder I guess.

And Rocky. That jibjab is funny. I see Brian picked it up for us.

8:28:00 AM  

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