You can be skeptical and friendly at the same time.
Follow Patheos Atheist:
The Onion talks about religion very subtlely…
I got the impression that this was about being told you like the “wrong” type of art or entertainment:
“What, you like Friends? Nobody likes Friends except people being ironic and plebes, you plebe.”
I thought they were talking about Opera.
I thought they were talking about cigarettes.
This came across as a piece denouncing militant atheism to me – it was the “insane or developmentally disabled” that did it. A not-that-subtle call to live and let live.
I agree with Guy G, I think it’s a slap at militant atheism.
I thought this was anti-elitism, specifically, of the cultural variety. Like when movie critics roundly denounce a movie that turns out to be a blockbuster. It could also be about sexual orientation. Being told you don’t really, truly feel what you think you’re feeling because it’s wrong.
I’m pretty sure it’s not about anything in particular. The “thing” that George is enjoying could be anything. The piece is just making a joke about how absurd it is to suppose that any of us are in a position to tell someone else they’re “doing it wrong.”
There doesn’t even have to be a religious/atheist angle to it.
Hey, I’m pretty sure I enjoy that thing too! Now I’m not sure. Maybe I’m enjoying the wrong thing. I guess I should start enjoying something else. But what it that’s the wrong thing, too? What’s a person to do?
Andrew Morgan! SHHH!!
What you just did was the equivalent of Ferris Buellers breaking of the 4th wall!
This is all about seeing the fault in someone else’s viewpoint. Not critical self examination.
And besides, everything has a religious/atheist angle to it.
I think it’s hilarious in that it can be interpreted in any way to mean any thing. So people who want to view as a slap to militant atheism can interpret it that way. The people who think it’s about religion can interpret it that way. The people who think it’s about enjoying diving with zombie sharks can be offended too, because it’s about them.
Everyone getting uppity is playing right into The Onion’s hands. Besides, they’ve always had an extremely enlightened view when it comes to politics and religion, in my opinion.
But then again, I enjoy shooting nuns while skydiving, so I’m now offended by this piece and the meanings I’m projecting onto it.
As a father and enjoyer of things, I am appalled at this article.
Well, “insane or developmentally disabled” does sound a lot like militant atheists, but I suppose folks say that about many other things also.
I used to enjoy things, but I would tell others that it was only in an ironic, semi-detached way. But now that I’m being told that it’s wrong, I have become an out-and-proud enjoyer of things and the naysayers can suck it.
That article is definitely aimed at the commentors at their own AV Club.
I instantly thought about the recent G-spot “study”.
Yeah, I’m fun at parties.
Damn it, I enjoyed that thing too. It is even better if you put whipped cream on it.
I thought they were talking about penises.
I bet he’s really good at snake-behind-the-rock.
Avatar. It’s definitely about Avatar. If you enjoyed it, YOU’RE WRONG!
I thought they were talking about not collecting stamps.
What? It’s my hobby!
I also think it is vague enough to apply your own meaning. Just like most Radiohead songs. Brilliant, Onion, just brilliant!
My first thought was “masturbation”. 😉
Hoverfrog, everything is better with whipped cream on it!
I don’t think it could be about atheism. Believers don’t claim to have a subjective appreciation of god. I feel confident that it’s about condemning other people’s taste in music, TV, movies, games, operating systems, etc.
Sure, thing is faster, more streamlined, less suceptible to infection, and more stable. But if you want to use thing, you have to build thing from scratch. They sell you a box of scraps and only if you have enough knowledge of thing can you put it together into a thing that resembles stuff. I’m not an expert at thing or stuff, but all the things I do are already assembled on stuff so that’s why I use it.
Follow Patheos on