Creative Destruction

June 4, 2006

It’s funny, because it’s an Anglo-Saxon comedic take on existentialism

Filed under: Humor — Adam Gurri @ 1:34 pm

Oh, man.  I can't get enough of this guy.

The Simpsons: "It's funny because it's true!"

Pompous British Guy: "To speak truthfully and insightfully today you must have a sense of the absurdity of human life and endeavour. Past attempts to construct grand and noble theories about human history and destiny have collapsed."

No, really.  Read the article.  There is nothing that I can say about it that'll be as funny as the article itself is for trying to take itself seriously.

By the way, am I the only one who thinks that Marxism may be that "Grand and noble theory about human history and destiny" that collapsed?  Just a thought. (and one I plagiarized from VM)
Hat tip: Vulgar Morality 

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6 Comments »

  1. The Simpsons as philosophy or cultural criticism is an old, old idea. The show is funny, to be sure, in a sickeningly penetrating fashion. Whereas some satirical comedy is quite enjoyable, I’ve never been able to enjoy The Simpsons because it’s frankly too spot-on (serving ourselves up for self-ridicule, which most people miss).

    But when you take pop culture and make it out as philosophy, you only get pop philosophy. The same can be said of academic philosophy, which is why the American academic branch of of philosophy is no longer in the slightest way connected to our day-to-day reality.

    Maybe the author of the BBC article thinks he’s discovered something, but as I said, it’s already an old idea, and like Vulgar Morality, I think The Simpsons is wholly inadequate to serve as serious or worthwhile philosophy. It’s merely an entertainment, and even then, only for some.

    Comment by Brutus — June 4, 2006 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  2. By the way, am I the only one who thinks that Marxism may be that “Grand and noble theory about human history and destiny” that collapsed?

    The quote said “grand and noble theories…have collapsed” not “a grand and noble theory” so while Marxism may well be one of the theories referenced, it is not the theory referenced.

    Comment by Dianne — June 4, 2006 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  3. pompous british guy ? Is this any better than the sentiment expressed by my temporary user name ?

    Comment by americansarestupid — June 5, 2006 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  4. PS just read your post about insults: maybe I should have had americansarestupidandhypocritical for my name to make a point with ?

    Comment by americansarestupid — June 5, 2006 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  5. PPS Just in case it needs spelling out, I don’t share the sentiments expressed in my suggested usernames. (and as these comments are for the author really, you can delete them after you’ve read them). Ciao.

    Comment by americansarestupid — June 5, 2006 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  6. Or maybe you should have put randomposterssometimescanttakeajoke, if you wanted to be really, y’know, subtle about it.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — June 6, 2006 @ 12:06 am | Reply


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