Remember when Slate's counter-intuitive takes on news and culture were as intricate and considered as they were infrequent? Now it seems like every day there are at least two or three pieces like "Cancer Is Actually Pretty Great," "Cory Booker: Too Liberal For New Jersey," or "Blowjobs Are Just As Demeaning For The Recipient As They Are For The Giver." I guess you can blame the Internet and its insatiable thirst for content.
I mean, did they invent some new kind of "meta" and not tell me about it? Anti-meta? So confused!
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has never smashed a Whac-A-Mole game in a drunken fit. He has never invoked Freedom of Information laws to find out a female federal employee’s work schedule. And to the best of anyone’s knowledge, he has never washed his car in the White House driveway.
But to readers of The Onion, the satirical newspaper and Web site, the vice president has done all of those things, plus bounce a check for $39.50 to a liquor store and star in advertisements for Hennessy [...]
I'm glad @theonion apologized for calling Quvenzhané Wallis curt. She's nine years old, who cares if her answers are short.
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) February 25, 2013
So The Onion apologized today for one of their many, many Oscars jokes last night. Which one? The one that was nooooottttt good or okay. Nooo, the other one.
Quentin Tarantino has been heavily criticized for his frequent use of the word "nigger" during tonight's red carpet interviews #Oscars2013
— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 25, 2013
Yeah, not that one. (That one is actually maybe good satire, about when and how some things are okay.) Buoyed [...]
At around midnight on a recent Friday night in the Poconos, television personality and geek humorist John Hodgman was shouting trivia questions about the character actor Vincent Schiavelli (you know him). "What actress, married to Vincent Schiavelli for many years, played Agnes DiPesto on 'Moonlighting'?" he asked. The question was met with groans of confusion (the answer, which I only learned just now by Googling it, is Allyce Beasley).
There were 200 or so of us in the audience, seated around the giant, slightly antiseptic ballroom of the Inn at Pocono Manor. It was the first night of complicated cultural happening MaxFun Con East, a weekend convention celebrating the [...]