Date: 2017-03-10 02:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thanekos
Ooh, another iteration of Embittered Common Sense Protagonist!

(Those are at least honest about themselves, if nothing else.)

Date: 2017-03-10 03:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] informationgeek
This is... something? It's like Powell desperately is trying to do what the writer of Prez and Flintstones does, but it's so not clever or smart at all.

Date: 2017-03-10 05:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cypherfdp
Truly cutting-edge social commentary, what's next? Is he going to make biting asides about these damn kids on their phones?

Date: 2017-03-10 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] palgrave_goldenrod
With all this incisive satire on modern culture, how long before Kari Kimdashian shows up? Or Haris Pilton?

It's like... there's a shred of a point here? About superficiality and outrage politics and how ridiculously divisive and fractured culture seems to be getting. But if you're going to write a commentary on how stupid everyone else is, you could maybe try coming up with something less stupid yourself maybe?

Date: 2017-03-10 09:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
I really dislike 'the problem with politics is having sides' arguments. It doesn't mean one is above politics, it means one is leaving those issues for others to decide.

Highlighted by the gay rights he mentioned, even- you're for gay rights, but you don't want to support those championing them means... you aren't being non-divisive, you're stepping out of the way and let other people be divisive on gay rights and so on.

Date: 2017-03-10 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] shadur
Pretty much this.

There are in fact plenty of valid (to a degree) reasons not to get involved. Maybe you fear retaliation. Maybe you don't have the time or the money or even the emotional energy to spend. Maybe you just don't want to. And you know what? That's acceptable, or at least honest, even if it may not be admirable. Nobody has the right to demand other people to be heroes.

But this whole "both sides suck, I'm walking away" schtick? You're 1) tacitly supporting the status quo by inaction and 2) you're pretending that doing so is virtuous. That people should look up to you or emulate you because you're smarter and more mature than them by not getting involved in a struggle that isn't your problem.

All it takes for evil to triumph is for apathetic assholes to misquote Shakespeare, say "a plague on both your houses" and feel superior for doing nothing.
Edited Date: 2017-03-10 11:08 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-10 02:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Yep. It's acting like not actively fighting for or against gay marriage is better than fighting for gay marriage.

Partially boggling because the conversation mentions an issue where it matters *right there*.

-There are in fact plenty of valid (to a degree) reasons not to get involved. Maybe you fear retaliation. Maybe you don't have the time or the money or even the emotional energy to spend. Maybe you just don't want to. And you know what? That's acceptable, or at least honest, even if it may not be admirable. Nobody has the right to demand other people to be heroes. -

Maybe you're in a place where you really can't decide between the groups because they're better in different ways and you don't know which is more important. Maybe you are focusing your efforts on something else. No-one can do everything, and if you aren't making things worse, that's fine.

It's just nothing to feel superior about- If you can't do one thing because you're, say, taking care of animals or building houses, it's that you should be proud of, not "Ah ha, I'm not getting involved in this issue!".

I mean, when outside politics do people act like, "Ah ha, I'm not choosing a side" is a virtue? ... well, a number of petty things, but not really things that matter.

Date: 2017-03-10 01:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
I remember reading this and thinking it was better than it actually is. Partly I think because the parody is so broad as to not be funny, partly because the real world now is in many ways worse than the world being parodied here and partly because it just hasn't aged well. The 'Jersey Shore' references dated very quickly; yes, they were seemingly ubiquitous for a couple of years there but...when is the last time anyone gave any thought to them? The faux outrage here over vapid people being famous seems trite compared to concerns about Syrian refugees, for example.

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