Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Ayn Rand and BB&T and Stupid SOBs

I guess that NPR article got some play. There is a totally stupid and naive so-called humor story that completely misrepresents everything about Rand's philosophy of Objectivism at some outfit called the Washington Indepent. Take someone who only knows one line about Objectivism, who thinks they're a commedian, and who really couldn't give one good goddamn about truth and you get nothing at all inciteful or funny. I won't even link it because I have no idea what the Washington Indepent is.

6 comments:

Favela Cranshaw said...

Don't you suppose it's the Washington Independent? Did you know that the word is comedian (one m) from comedy and that "inciteful" should be "insightful?" I do agree that Objectivism is only criticized by means of misrepresentation and falsehood, though, and that proves how powerful it is.

robert574 said...

I've always wondered if there was a conspiracy to keep young people from discovering Ayn Rand's ideas by means to acting like it is naive and stupid to even agree with Ayn Rand. Kind of like peer pressure designed to keep people from reading Ayn Rand. Perhaps these detracters are just stupid themselves. Yeah, that's probably right. The really cool people are too cool to open a book; otherwise they wouldn't be cool. I used to know a child who always thought her parents were stupid because, based on her level of knowledge, and her youthful interpretation of their actions toward her, they were dictators trying to keep her from sneaking out the window at night. Maybe lots of kids, even today, are in that don't trust anyone over 35 mode of the 60s radicals. lol

LB said...

I don't know. I happened to find things like Chris Colbert's Objectivist sleepover bit very funny (I know that this opinion was not shared by every B in the LB/SB household).

In the Colbert bit, aired last year, he pronounced Ayn Rand's name correctly and showed a good shot of the cover of The Fountainhead. The whole premise, he was trying to teach Objectivism to inner-city children at an annual sleepover, was hilarious to me.

As Cal noted on my post about the NPR bit, "Controvery generates press: a good thing".

Kim said...

Favela, I blog for fun and not for profit. The mistakes are a reflection of how much I might care about the subject (in this case, not much).

LB, I like humor that is actually funny, too. And I'm not above tastelessness either (http://kimsplayplace.blogspot.com/2008/04/questionable-humor.html or http://kimsplayplace.blogspot.com/2007/08/talking-smack.html). But this one was just bad.

LB said...

Oh yeah. And while we're correcting things, let me just say that Chris Colbert was a kid in my eighth grade class - Steve Colbert is on the Colbert report. That was an odd slip.

Kim said...

I like your point, though. The faster you type and the faster you're working, the more likely you are to have your fingers go automatically. I always like to type while talking to the kids. Not how you get quality work!