"Fire is motion / Work is repetition / This is my document / We are all all we've done / We are all all we've done / We are all all we've done / We are all all defenses."

- Cap'N Jazz, "Oh Messy Life," Analphabetapolothology

Monday, October 20, 2008

rhetorical questions

today, while watching the Daily Show, a number of things occurred to me. (pardon my inertia if these are really duh, but they were pretty a-ha to me about a minute ago.)

1) why is it that conservatives champion the "joe six packs," but refuse to pay them living wages? seems like one doesn't follow the other...

2) Trojan Brand Condoms is imploring Americans to "Join the movement to help America evolve. Use a condom every time." i thought that was interesting marketing, because the first thing that came to mind was "wow, i bet the creationists are going to have a problem with that." and then i remembered that creationists are probably also the same bunch teaching abstinence-only sex ed and not using birth control.

i thought the use of the word "evolve" was an interesting choice as well, considering the implications of "the smart choice," the non-ape-ish thing to do. but there's also the idea of "survival of the fittest" – thinning the gene pool and leaving only those best able to survive current conditions. and i thought that maybe in our current state of environmental, political, economic, financial, existential and spiritual duress, how maybe what we need is less "ignorant" people. and i thought of how maybe the "smart" thing to do would be less human reproduction. but then, isn't Trojan missing the demographic that needs birth control the most? hmm... ?

also, i found this segment from the Daily Show on undecided voters particularly on point:

"[McCain and Obama] are totally different! why can't you decide??!!"

my thoughts exactly, Sam Bee.

-stef lee

p.s. whilst organizing and editing tags today, i discovered that "rhetoric" is pretty much a greatest hits of free rad!cal writings. who knew? not me.

p.p.s. scary what-if: Palin as President. just try opening the windows and doors in that office. creeepy!


Chelsea said...

very good points, my friend! i love the daily show, and haven't been keeping up with it lately because of my schedule, but i did catch this episode. sam bee is awesome!

i also enjoy the trojan commercial where the men are literally pigs, but then one finds a condom and is transformed into a hottie. the song in the background goes "look at me baby, i just got wings" or something like that. they must have a genius marketing team.

stephan!e lee said...

"sam bee is awesome!"

funny you should say that, b/c she reminds me a lot of you! and yes, she IS awesome.

Chelsea said...

haha thanks!
embarrassingly enough, i read perezhilton.com pretty much daily...but i saw this today and thought of you and this post: http://perezhilton.com/2008-10-23-quote-of-the-day-358