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Parody Becomes Impossible

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Geeks (read: people very smart on the technical side of things, but who tend to be very dumb on the social side) often look to Star Trek as a template for how to engineer the future—i.e., what fictional technologies are really cool and therefore should be the focus of R&D.

And as William Shatner would attest, this has resulted in a lot of very cool, very good things.

On the other hand, liberals, as it has long been apparent, tend to model their social engineering on some absurdity that had been deployed in the service of parody. Take, for example, this story:

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/sex-toy-northwestern-university-human-sexuality-class-naked-woman-boyfriend-stage-orgasm-20110302

More than 100 Northwestern students watched as a naked woman was penetrated by a sex toy wielded by her boyfriend during an after-class session of the school’s popular “Human Sexuality” class.

Anyone familiar with classic Monty Python and who reads the above snippet will no doubt involuntarily recall this scene from The Meaning of Life:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTMlZSKEu-Y

These days, it must be really vexing for satirists to keep up with liberal’s accelerating free-fall down the abyss, let alone get ahead of the curve enough to actually get some egregious absurdity published as fiction before liberals have already established it as fact. (I once had a thought about writing a Swiftian piece about liberals genetically engineering human tissue to serve in haute cuisine restaurants—so that they could be “humane” cannibals while still being “edgy” in their delighted and smug shattering of one of the last few remaining taboos. Woe is me, for literally the next day I came across this report: Berlin ‘cannibal’ restaurant calls for diners to donate body parts for menu.)

This all brings to mind a good friend of mine’s high school senior quote: “On matters of fashion, go with the flow; on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

In the liberal’s world view where all is relative and there are absolutely no absolutes, all is fashion; everything goes with the flow.

And, subsequently, parody becomes impossible…and principles are eroded to sand.

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Written by Ex Machina

March 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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