The Onion and Philosophy: Fake News Story True, Alleges Indignant Area Professor (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

The Onion and Philosophy: Fake News Story True, Alleges Indignant Area Professor (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0812696875

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Onion and Philosophy: Fake News Story True, Alleges Indignant Area Professor (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0812696875

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Onion, with its unique brand of deadpan satirical humor, has become a familiar part of the American scene. The newspaper has a readership of over a million, and it reaches millions more with its spin-off books and The Onion News Network. The Onion has shown us that standard ways of thinking about the news have their grotesque and silly side, and this invites philosophical examination. Twenty-one philosophers were commissioned to figure out just what makes the Onion so truthful and insightful. Are the Onion writers truly cynical, or just cynically faking it? Does the Onion really have a serious point of view on religion? On sex? On politics? Who cares what Area Man thinks? If everyone’s so dumb, how come so many Onion readers keep on laughing at how dumb they are?

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Most-Alienating Airport (3/23/09) President Creates Cabinet-Level Position To Coordinate Scandals (2/1/06) Presidents Washington Through Bush May Have Lied About Key Matters (12/04/02) Project Manager Leaves Suicide PowerPoint Presentation (2/09/05) Queen Elizabeth II Announces She Is Pregnant Again (7/23/08) RIAA Sues Radio Stations For Giving Away Free Music (10/2/02) Raped Environment Led Polluters On, Defense Attorneys Argue (1/21/98) Red-Lace Nightie Portends Another

person was an asshole. (7/1/04) • Unless you’re on the football team you can’t be a total asshole and expect to get much in the way of ass. (11/18/99) • I also sent my phone number and asked him to give me a call. Because, you see, I’m not a total asshole. (11/22/07) All this is a bit puzzling. Normally, curse words come as emotional ejaculations: “damn,” “hell,” “shit,” or “fuck,” when something bad happens, “fuck you,” “fuck off” or “bullshit” when we need to tell someone off, and

Requested” (9/6/00), “God Promises Big Surprises In Store For Hurricane Season” (8/21/02), and “God Savoring Vast Array Of Cubs-Cursing Options” (10/2/08). God makes His reasoning explicit in “God Wondering If He’s Being Too Cruel in Allowing Cavaliers To Reach NBA Finals” (6/7/07). He states “Although I move in mysterious ways, and in doing so often allow bad things to happen to good people, My grand design is usually glorious to behold. But the Cavs in the Finals . . . I don’t know, maybe

that the stories we read in a newspaper or hear on the TV news are true—that they correspond with reality. But we don’t expect, or even hope, that the stories in The Onion are true. That would defeat the whole point of The Onion. The Onion does not follow the standard journalistic convention of reporting empirical truths. Onion stories such as “New Starbucks Opens In Rest Room Of Existing Starbucks” (6/27/98) and “ACLU Defends Nazi’s Right To Burn Down ACLU Headquarters” (10/14/03) are not true

the story gets it, Timmy included. And Timmy doesn’t get it. “I know that God loves me, because it says so in the Bible,” he says. “So right now, I am just glad that God took the time to answer my prayer. If only I could walk, this would be the greatest day of my life.” Atheism? Given these stories, it could easily be argued that The Onion advocates atheism, that it uses satire to encourage the wholesale rejection of the existence of God. This is probably true, and the evidence is

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