Wednesday, January 27, 2016

from the Atlantic, pieces about soap box comedy having a hey day and on how comedians became our public intellectuals

 
The idea that comedians have become our public intellectuals could go a long way to explaining how a guy like Mark Driscoll ever got taken as seriously as he was taken ... if comedians who are officially comedians are taken for public intellectuals now. 
 
They can be funny, but there are fundamentally two modes of operation in humor, laughing with and laughing at. It's hard to be sure how true it really is that comedians have become our version of public intellectuals but if so then this could explain why political and philosophical discourse sometimes seems to have stopped being about ideas and started being more about punchlines playing to a base.

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