Jay Evensen: Substance gets lost in a nation of parody, irony
We are a nation of Weird Als
We are to blame for much of this, of course. It is important to know whether a presidential candidate has the smarts to do the job, or whether he understands ordinary people, but we never really get satisfactory answers to those questions if we focus only on dialects and staged visits to fast-food restaurants.
It is much more important to understand issues, but that takes study and a level of competence many people lack even as they scornfully accuse others of lacking it, too. Snickering is so much easier than studying.
At least Weird Al is clever. That will keep him a step ahead of the parodying mob, even if he doesn't get noticed much on the streets.
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