Aparently living under the Bush administration these past few years has totally broken my irony and sarcasm detectors. It’s as if so many people have seriously advocated the poor should eat their children that I can’t tell if Swift is being serious anymore.
And this is the mind-state I held when I started reading USS Clueless. Unfortunately XHTML has no “intent” tag, so you can’t mark paragraphs as “ironic” and have the word “Ironic” appear as a slightly rotated watermark behind the text (imagine a big rubber stamp which says “Ironic” being used on a piece of paper, then write whatever is ironic over it and you’d have an idea of how such a tag should be rendered in a browser).
So I started writing a big long e-mail explaining exactly what the consequences to protesting really are via examples of illegal arrest, false imprisonment, torture, and unemployment. In case you’re wondering, all those have happened to protesters at protests I’ve attended. We protest—and risk all those things happening to us—because we believe that a better world is possible, desirable, and rapidly becoming absolutely necessary, and that it is up to human beings, not some vague force (God, The Market, whatever :-)) to make it happen. But enough on the protests themselves.
I then decided to sit on the e-mail for a while so I could devise the perfect argument to sway the right-wingers—I’ve been drawn into too many pointless arguments where the facts of the situation and the quality of the logical arguments put forth rapidly come to mean nothing because I’ve been designated as a hippie, liberal, communist, or just plain ‘UnAmerican’ (I am, of course, an American Anarchist [left-wing Libertarian] and thus “none of the above”). I try to figure out the best possible way to approach each political argument I get into.
And then, while taking a piss, it came to me: The author of that blog could not have been serious. There is no way someone could miss the irony of the words they were writing. After all, who seriously wants gamers to have 1000-mile stares and wants protesters to be shot by the police so they’ll realize the government stands for freedom. It’s got to be one of those slicker-than-thou April Fool’s-style pranks, only in late May.
Update (2004-05-26): For those of you reading this from that site, I suggest you try voicing opposition to the most well-armed and well-financed government in the world using non-violence and stop playing armchair general with soldiers’ lives before talking about what’s “brave” and what’s not.