Thursday, September 15, 2005

Brooks' Column

I'm sure that somehow this reflects badly on me, but I actually liked David Brooks' column today. It's a parody of the Roberts hearings.

And, for those who were following the comments to Monday's post about William Dembski, let me just point out that Brooks' column is parody. You see, Brooks has provided an exaggerated, but clearly recognizable, picture of what is really going on. That's what parody is.

This is in stark contrast to presenting Richard Dawkins' words out of context, doctoring those words to boot, and then topping it off by using the doctored quote as the basis for attributing a viewpoint to Dawkins precisely opposite to what he actually believes. That's not parody. That's lying. There's a difference.

6 Comments:

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous ed hessler said...

I also liked the Brooks column. First rate writing and each of the people mentioned could not have been more perfectly gored. Recently, Brooks has shown some dissatisfactions with this administration but overall what a cheerleader.

Thanks for this blog, too. I never miss it and learn a lot from it. It is well written, provocative, filled with insights and keeps me in the loop.

Best wishes

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger Jason said...

Thank you for the kind words about the blog.

I'm not usually a Brooks fan, but this column seemed clever. Generally I feel like he never really says anything especially interesting or insightful. In this he differs from people like Paul Krugman and Tom Friedman, who always provide food for thought.

 
At 12:04 PM, Anonymous ed hessler said...

I certainly agree about Brooks' writing overall, i.e., he is almost without exception calorie free. He merely cheers according to script. I think Krugman and to my great pleasure in the past year or so, Friedman provide lots of stuff to think about and since I'm not as close a Washington watcher as I should be, I'm delighted by their comments.

Friedman, as you may know, is a local boy: St. Louis Park High School. He once wrote an extraordinary piece about his demanding high school English teacher, the kind of teacher one wants kids to have, i.e., she had standards and expectations (and helpled kids meet them whether they wanted to or not.)

I think Maureen Dowd has been on a tear lately, as well. She, too, adds angles of light usually though more heated than Messrs. Krugman and Friedman. I've clipped a few of her columns recently.

Cheers.

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

Every once in while Babbing Mr. Brooks does get it Jest-right.

He had a similar one on the Kerry/Bush Debates last fall. Hillarious.

He's got a brain...but uses it for propaganda so often it must be atrophied for much else. Tho' he bit the ole Bushies in the bush this past few weeks...and the interview with Chris Matthews was astonishing.

(Media Matters has a clip)

 
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Thanks for this blog, too. I never miss it and learn a lot from it. It is well written, provocative, filled with insights and keeps me in the loop.

 
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