Theory of the day: Mocking bloggers is funny because it’s not funny except to people who know why it’s funny

The Nashville Scene’s Fabricator column is a weekly hit or miss attempt at satire. They even put a message at the bottom of each column in the print-version that reminds readers to pretend it’s funny. Most weeks, one must really pretend. However, this week it actually is funny in an intelligent, nuanced and probably completely unintentionial way. It’s funny because it tries to satirize bloggers and blogger meet-ups. However, it’s so accurate, it’s, well, not fabricated. The talented humorist (or idiot savant) who penned this was able to deftly write an accurate story packaged as satire.


“The main content in most Nashville-based blogs last week was about a meeting of bloggers at a restaurant owned by a blogger. Bloggers blogged about their anticipation of the event, they posted photos on their blogs of themselves with other bloggers, and many bloggers rushed home to blog about how nice it was to meet people who are bloggers—just like themselves!

See. That’s not actually satire: It’s a quite accurate report of what actually happened. It wasn’t fabricated. If you were a person with a sense of humor, you’d be on the floor laughing now as you’d realize it’s funny because it’s not funny.

Even the headline of the column is satirized satire: “Bloggers and Sophomoric Crap Dominate News Roundup” Again, note how skillfully the humorist didn’t fabricate what is being labeled fabrication: Media during the week, ranging from Time magazine to the Nashville Scene, did seem to be dominated by news about sophomoric crap — and bloggers. Where’s the satire? What about that is fabricated?

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal opinion page ran a similar piece that was funny because it was not funny. In their case, they let a young editorial page staffer pretend to have a meltdown on the idiocy of blogs. I think it was supposed to satirize the rant of certain types of bloggers like (I’ll just pick a the initials of a random blogger) Nick Carr who regularly feel called by some higher power to inform the masses how crazy they are for reading or commenting on or maintaining a blog. Again, this is serious, nuanced Ivy-League (at least Dartmouth in the case of the WSJ piece) level humor so you have to really be smart to get it. Fortunately, I learned all this from reading Nick Carr and John Dvorak and others who, frankly, should be complaining about the Journal and Scene stealing their schtick.

Anyway, I’m glad to help clear this up. Humor is a serious business.

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