Tuesday, February 13, 2018

an occasional haiku inspired by an attempt at satire

if brevity is
the soul of wit, then rambling
aborts a satire

I.e. some writers should please, please stop trying to write stuff they think is funny.

I'm not even against writing something satirical in a literary vein with a bunch of links.  I've done it myself. If you'd like to read how I think you should write a satire about the paradoxes of political ideals, ideologies and stuff from the New Left you can go over here.  If you want another example, you can go here. Another one applicable to both political and other kinds of empires can be found over here.

Admittedly, the only poetic idiom I've been playing with in the last few years is haiku, like over here

If that post was actually supposed to be a satire of Pulpit & Pen, well,  why don't we try something else, something with a bit more brevity and a bit more wit.

O Pulpit & Pen
you're the Dale Gribble of the
Christian blogosphere


Even though I have written a few posts making fun of the Frankfurt school advocates in the present day as people of privilege participating in the very culture industry the Frankfurt school would likely condemn, I'm still actually reading some of their stuff.  Walter Benjamin's more fun to read as a stylist but less focused than Adorno (but for the obvious reason that Benjamin never finished The Arcades Project); conversely Adorno is focused but he goes down trains of thought without considering collosal blind alleys.  All his advocacy for the necessity of twelve-tone music collapses the second you simply question why on earth we have to be married to the chromatic scale with twelve equally divided half-steps.  Reintroduce just intonation and split the octave into more than twelve tones (which was an idea proposed as far back as the early 1800s by Anton Reicha and later by Lizst) and the "necessity" of twelve-tone music vanishes, becoming instead just one of those things you could play with if it inspires you.

But in order to make that sort of point you'd have to take Adorno seriously enough to actually read him, which is not something I have gotten the impression anyone at Mere Orthodoxy has done or even plans to do.

That there's a Christian Industrial Complex in which power brokers wheel and deal seems pretty easy to establish.  I wouldn't make fun of Pulpit and Pen as somehow actually being wrong about that part, more along the Dale Gribble lines, that the nature of the conspiracy theories can seem petty and fixated on relatively surface details . One of the things that was probably shocking and disturbing to many former Mars Hill members and staff was the wave after wave of revelations about how the leadership culture conducted itself in terms of Result Source or disciplinary protocols such as nondisclosure agreements and other things.  The power brokering and intimidation behind the scenes began to be so at odds with the public presentation and stated ideals that the culture of Mars Hill began to crumble from within.  I don't think it was a case of Mars Hill withering before the onslaught of liberal/secular media.  Only an incompetent tool could take that idea seriously, but the idea that the gap between presentation and practice; or between fa├žade and reality made members and staff conclude that Mars Hill had become a worldly branded thing that needed to die is easier to take seriously. 

And that the Christian media industry across the board seems to have no use for any serious engagement with what actually happened beyond a few pious bromides from a few years ago means that even if Pulpit & Pen can be easy to make fun of on many details, if they feel that a lot of corrupt power-brokering that damages the Gospel is going on among the big names I'm not really interested in disputing that even if I did just compare them to Dale Gribble of King of the Hill.

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