Monday, March 31, 2008

Among Fools

I realize that Sunday was a slow news day - so little happening in the world, nothing worth investigating, no misdeeds by the powerful. I guess that explains why NPR would choose to have the braying Andrea Seabrook chuckle and giggle her way through a four and a half minute segment encouraging listeners to get their hands on the Harvard Lampoon's April edition spoof of National Geographic. Seabrook is all in stitches talking to the two editors (guys) about how the center photo of a lion is actually one of those computer montage images made up of tiny photos of - get this - women's breasts. Man, is that some sophisticated, original humor or what?! What will they think of next?

7 comments:

Porter Melmoth said...

Oh, my aching... Mytwords, I think, by selecting Adenoid Andrea's Harvurrd Lampoon story, you have illustrated the 'new' NPR in a nutshell (not to mention an example of American society in steep decline). Here we are shown what NPR wants as its target audience: their own kind. In other words, those who run NPR craft their programming for types just like them out there in the audience. So much for 'public'. Another reason to yank their funding.

Yes, it's the 'new' NPR all right - with fart jokes.

Porter Melmoth said...

I can't resist adding...

Frat boys seem to make Andrea's bowl of jell-o quiver. From the hip 'hi guys' to the sycophantic consta-giggle, Adenoid Andie knows how to show her cool audience what's happenin'.

I have to say though, those Harvurrdians struck me as a dull and doltish lot, what with the attempts at klunky charm and the fake modesty. I was waiting to crack a slight smile at something they said, but I gotta tell ya, it didn't quite happen. I guess Andie was doing all the laughing for me.

Oh well, Andie adored them. Nothing else matters. How she aspires to the privileged classes! She just might get there some day.

big!pink!fuzzy!bunny! said...

Again, I cannot suffer them on the weekends. Flipped it on just for a short spell, but Seabrook never fails to make me seasick. If we could somehow -I plead- get some 'straight' news from these puddinheads?

Thanks for the (v)indication that I'm on the right path.

Porter Melmoth said...

Yes, big!pink!, I too get queasy at the thought. But I gave Mytwords' handy link a try, and it was actually worse than I thought it would be, that's for sure. Sometimes exposing oneself to awfulness takes on a preventative purpose.

One of the very few GOOD things that NPR has done with our money is to establish a website that allows for us to pick and choose (or reject) what we want to hear - if anything, as opposed to the bad old torture-chamber days of having to sweat it out, in hopes that something edifying might pop up in any of their wretched shows.

Anonymous said...

Nationalist Propaganda Radio
frequently uses decoy stories to sustain the 'national will' on bad news days.
Just like the Voice of America it represents to the domestic audience.

So, is it just a coincidence that the most viewed composite photo image recently online goes with the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and is a photo of Bush and Cheney made up of 4000 US soldier's faces?

But that's not nearly as funny, is it?

Here it is-
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nico-pitney/a-mosaic-4000-americans_b_93044.html

Anonymous said...

One more time to make that link of 4000 soldiers as a photo composite of BushCheney fit-

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nico-pitney/
a-mosaic-4000-americans_b_93044.html

b!p!f!b! said...

Thanks for that link, anon. Helps keep it all in proper perspective, beyond the "so?" heard 'round the world.

PM, I'm a bit stymied anyway as I'm still in the hinterland of dial-up connectivity. But heh, I rest soundly with the comfort that I ain't missin' a whole heck of a lot.