If you can't be funny at least have a sense of humor
Buried deep in the Slate article Why does everyone try to be funny these days? is the following tidbit:
If you've ever been at a party where some guy trying to tap a keg chimes in with a quip about how "it's all ball bearings nowadays" (a line stolen from the most over-referenced film of all time), then you have had firsthand experience with this crisis.
Huh? Ball bearings? Most over-referenced film of all time? I have no idea what he's talking about. Sure doesn't sound like anything I remember from Stripes or Caddyshack.
According to Google, that's a reference to "Fletch." As previously discussed the "Fletch" movie sucks. No harm in mentioning that again, though.
As long as we're at Slate.com, here's a humorless bit of prose:
When I hear a song for the first time, I'm weighing the technical ability of the artist, the material's emotional relevance, and how the music fits into a larger cultural and political climate.
That's from Matthew Shaer's article on music recommendation sites. Two questions:
- How long do you think he spent crafting what he felt would be the perfect encapsulation of his sensitivity and superiority? I put the over/under at 5 hours.
- What's wrong with a "it has a good beat and I can dance to it?"
how it fits into a larger cultural and political climate? I can't understand most of the lyrics to the music I listen to, so I'm not sure where that leaves me. Other than feeling like John Belushi in Animal House smashing the guitar at the party. Forget about reading his conclusions -- I don't care; Shaer is useless as any sort of cultural commentator or arbiter of taste. I, on the otherhand, would be perfect: is it good or does it suck. I'll leave it up to others to construct degrees of scale.