Jay Evensen: Substance gets lost in a nation of parody, irony

We are a nation of Weird Als

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  • ljeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    More than anything I would like to see Utah have a functioning two (or more) political party system.

  • Cedarite Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    The healthy reaction to the name calling, savagery, childishness, aggression, and selfishness of our current political discourse is humor. If we took it seriously we would have to admit that we are little better than apes flinging their leavings at the zoo.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    I agree that 'amish paradise' is one of al's best. Especially in context of the 'song' from which it is inspired.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    "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."

    Does it take time to study value? Yes it does. That's the real problem here. Not issues. Value.

    Because politics is all about the ebb and flow of values that matter most individually and collectively.

    Sept. 30, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    Weird Al has fallen out of the spotlight somewhat because there just aren't as many hit songs that everyone knows anymore. When he made fun of Michael Jackson or Madonna it was huge because everyone knew those songs. Now most people aren't familiar with the rap songs he makes fun of.

    OR if he makes fun of Lady Gaga it falls kinda flat because she's already a caricature of herself (and then she goes and ties up his song with legal wrangling--she's a dork--it's an honor to be parodied by Weird Al).

    Anyway, he's still funnier than ever. Check out "You're Pitiful", "White and Nerdy", "A Complicated Song" and "Do I Creep you Out?" I would be all over him if I saw him on the street.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Sept. 29, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    Does the DN moderator fear the truth, if this post is blocked, the answer to that question, would be yes. My comments is not found to be offensive, just the truth.

    Rush Limbaugh contends that the Republican establishment is grasping to find a presidential candidate outside the current pool because it doesn't want a conservative to run. And the media are propelling the idea that Republicans dont like their candidate, he said. Limbaugh said on his show Wednesday. I know this is going to shock many of you, and maybe disappoint a lot of you. But when you talk about the Republican establishment and you've read their pieces today you know what I'm talking about: The columnists, the magazine directors, editors, publishers, whatever, they are reaching and searching for a counter to the conservatives. That's why the search goes on beyond businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, Limbaugh said. They don't want Herman Cain getting the nomination; they don't want Perry getting the nomination; they don't want Bachmann getting the nomination. The Republican establishment does not want a conservative getting the nomination. Republican establishment is not happy with the field, think it's weak.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 29, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    All parody aside, Al Yankovich's rendition of "Amish Paradise" is the all-time funniest song ever recorded. If you need a smile on your face this is the song to listen to!

  • djc Stansbury Park, Ut
    Sept. 29, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    I may not always agree with the thoughts presented here, but the author does offer a clear and pithy argument. One of the major factors involved in politics today is the demand for purity. The candidates must be pure to appease the party loyalists. Unfortunately the electorate at large doesn't want nor desire this purity of thought and deed. The electorate prefers officeholders who can work together and get things done. A prime example of this, right here in Utah, is what happened to Senator Bennett. He was thrown out by the party loyalists, but would have easily won the general election. The 24 hour news cycle and the demonization of any who hold different views has created a toxic environment. Mr Romney might be capable of being the best president ever, but he can't get past the party loyalists. Mr. Obama might have been a successful president, but he could get past the concerted efforts of the Republican Party to villianify him from the date of his election. Mr Perry might be a good candidate, but he has compassion and that will never do.

  • Rutland vs. Medfield Seattle, Wa
    Sept. 29, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    The writer compares hate-filled right wing emailings with the President's jobs bill as equal examples of parody?? That would even be stretch for Fox News.

    I find it hard to believe he can sit on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists as that sort of comparison is hardly professional.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Sept. 29, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Mitt Romney, meanwhile, wants to shed the parody of himself as a highly educated and accomplished elitist who doesn't understand the common person and can't remember that over the past half century, the United States has repeatedly sent its military forces abroad in the name of democracy. Yet very few of the countries we have invaded have become democratic. When it involves itself in the affairs of others, the United States likes to say that it is doing so in defense of freedom and democracy. Thats what we said in Iraq, among other things, when we toppled Saddam Hussein. That was part (though not all) of our argument for going after the Taliban in Afghanistan. But its also what we said in Vietnam in the 1960s, in Grenada in 1983, in Panama in 1989, and in numerous other interventions during the twentieth century. In fact, presidents rarely fail to trot out "democracy" as a justification for their actions abroad. That's because it is popular with Americans, who like to feel they are on the side of the angels. But if it's democracy we are failing miserably. It is important to know whether a presidential RINO knows this.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Sept. 29, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    Those running for GOP-Prez, Weird-Als.

    Democracy doesn't work anywhere, except for brief periods just long enough for people to realize they can use government power to advance their own interests at the expense of everybody else's, in the middle east people would vote along religous lines regardless of policy (a bit like northen ireland) this tribal head count would lead to fustration as it would mean the balance of power would never change. also if you vote for one party and i vote for the other your not going to kill me for it are you. It pains me when I hear President W Bush and so many others talk about the need to spread democracy around the world. America's founders knew what a rotten and corrupt system of government democracy was and did everything in their power to ensure our country would never become one. Why is democracy rotten and corrupt?. "Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage."

  • Brian Wasilla, AK
    Sept. 29, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    Love the article but I think one of our biggest problems right now is the media doing a parody of independent, accurate, reporting.