A Semiotician, A Rabbi And An Astrophysicist Walk Into A Bar…

This American Life, an NPR program, is a wildly mixed bag of a radio show; it’s frequently excellent, evocative, and sometimes leads you to some wondrous insights.  For a show that is entirely by, for, and about upper-middle-class, college-educated, espresso-guzzling, Prius-driving white liberal hipsters, it’s very often worth the hour it takes to listen.

Still, for those of you in my audience that produce TAL, I feel I need to clarify something.

Funny: The Onion, America’s great parody newspaper.  While it’s not quite as quirky and unpredictable as it was ten years ago (the move to New York from Madison didn’t make the paper any funnier), it’s still a weekly treat.

Not Funny: Listening to The Onion’s editorial panel not only making the sausage (which is mildly interesting)…:

…but analyzing the process to death, like they’re a group of philosophy professors debating the meaning of existence itself.   A bunch of journalism profs at a Columbia forum couldn’t possibly sound more pretentious and joyless.

Note to Onion and TAL staff; you’re not curing cancer.  Lighten up already.

4 thoughts on “A Semiotician, A Rabbi And An Astrophysicist Walk Into A Bar…

  1. A bunch of journalism profs from Columbia University is its own punchline. You insert the premise.

  2. I can’t listen TAL for too long, the 60 minutes of self-importance is depressing, and the host has a voice that would barely pass on college radio.

    As for The Onion, inside every comedic actor is someone begging to be taken seriously.

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