Monday, March 11, 2013

Quote of the Day


"I decided not to post anything about it; instead, I wanted to wait and see which right-wing media outlets would fall for the hoax, and Breitbart.com came through! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go give a lavishly paid speech to Friends of Hamas."

-- Paul Krugman on Breitbart's falling for a satirical piece in The Daily Current which claimed that the Nobel Prize-winning economist had filed for bankruptcy

If there isn't an official rule, à la Godwin's Law, that states that in the internet era, if something seems too good to be true in appealing to a journalist outlet's fundamentalist political ideology it should immediately be suspect and should be researched thoroughly before being run, there needs to be. Maybe it can be a codicil of Poe's Law, which deals with the inability to recognize political satire from what it's parodying.

By the way, credit to regular reader John Foley, who created what I'm calling "Foley's Law." It's a little like Godwin's Law, only adapted for modern social media arguments over things like gay issues, race issues, women's issues and cultural difference issues, usually applied when one person is expressing offense and the other isn't. Basically, it dictates that eventually the accusation of "white male privilege" will come up, often brought to bear as a cudgel against the person asking everyone angry over a perceived insult to just calm the hell down. In other words, as Foley said, white privilege is the new Hitler.

1 comment:

JohnF said...

My mother would be so proud- if she hadn't disowned me years ago.