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The Colbert Effect

Jonathan Chat* on The Plank writes about my spearheading a massive PR blitz about An Inconvenient Truth.  How kind of him.  I’ll have to put that on my resume, if I have time off between directing my myriads of minions paid for with my multi-million dollar budget and awaiting the latest orders over the hotline from my masters in Texas.  In the meantime, I must read my daily chapter of the Necronomicon.

That, by the way, was sarcasm.  Sarcasm has rightly been called the lowest form of wit.  Stephen Colbert’s show is, as Mr Chat informs us, predicated on sarcasm.  It would therefore get old very quickly were it not for the fact that Mr Colbert’s jokes are often objectively funny, regardless of the shtick he employs.  The example I gave was one of those.  Another would be last night’s riff on cocaine use, which would have been funny whoever delivered it and in virtually any setting.  The global warming Word last night, however, relied purely on sarcasm for its effect, and so was less funny.  All in my humble opinion, of course.  Tastes differ.

*Mr Chat spelled my name Ian, so I think it just that I mispell his name in return.  An I for an I, so to speak.

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