Transgressive comedy, especially when it’s coming out of the mouth of a character espousing what the writers and the performer despise, is so dependent not just on context but on delivery—which are two things that Twitter strips from it.Comedian Harry Shearer • Discussing comedy’s poor translation from screen to tweet, in the context of the whole Colbert thing. Another relevant point Shearer told The Daily Beast: “[Satire] is a very blunt weapon. You don’t use it against normal people. You aim it at the people with the guns.”
There is simply no prize for taking the most time to consider, posting the most even-handed and nuanced reaction, demanding the most proportionate punishment. If I’m being honest, this post itself is proof of that. No news site is going to get a billion clicks rushing out the headline: Internet User Considers Facts, Decides Tweet Was Maybe In Poor Judgment But With Extenuating Circumstances.One of many takes on Colbert and Twitter you’ll read over the next 24 hours, this one from Time’s James Poniewozik.
schmeeko says: I’m sorry. I don’t understand how this is a responsible thing. How do you run through $25k WHEN YOU’RE A TEENAGER?? Also, how do you not go, “Hey, where’d that come from? Baaannnnk? Wtf?” There was no responsible anything about this.
Bank fucked up. Person’s $31k needs to get back to them. Bank should pay the diff. He should give back what’s left, and they need to pay the diff. This happened to my mom, but on a smaller scale. She just assumed it was payment from a client, but it turned out to be someone else’s money entirely. She contacted the bank, but only after she’d spent most of the money on a mortgage payment. It was ugly and nasty, and she had to pay it all back.
» SFB says: Hi there, Ernie from ShortFormBlog here. We generally have a lot going on during our busy days trolling for content on the internet, but I’d like to introduce you to the concept of sarcasm, a concept we regularly use on this site, including on the post you’re referencing. Thanks! — Ernie @ SFB