Supplemental: What we found at the new Salon!


A message is lurking here:
Yesterday, we commented on the many sexy-time topic selections at the new reinvented Salon.

Sexuality is an important topic. It’s also a wonderful way to grab the eyeballs of us the helpless rubes.

This morning, at 5:15, we journeyed to the new Salon. These were the first three reports we found there:
MONDAY, SEP 22, 2014 07:01 PM EDT
“Gilmore Girls” is a lie: How the show’s rosy vision of motherhood tormented me
My relationship with my mom fell apart; Rory and Lorelai's flourished. It killed me—but I couldn't stop watching

MONDAY, SEP 22, 2014 07:00 PM EDT
I’m obsessed with twisted, violent stories of romance gone wrong
A show about husbands with double lives has me hooked, and I'm not alone. Why do women watch this stuff?

MONDAY, SEP 22, 2014 07:01 PM EDT
Let it rip! When fart jokes were comedy’s last taboo
Shakespeare, Twain and Joyce made fart jokes. But for much of the 20th century, comics were forced to hold them in
As noted yesterday, Clark-Flory bills herself as a top driver of traffic.

There’s a message lurking in those selections. We’re being told that Salon has found that we, its readers, are dumb.

We’re all dumb to some degree. In the end, how dumbed-down are we the liberals willing to let ourselves get?


  1. "In the end, how dumbed-down are we the liberals willing to let ourselves get?"

    Hopefully not dumb enough to let Somerby get away with the doubled-lived gasser that he is a liberal. Mom warned me to leave when somebody cut loose one of those.

  2. Bob missed the "first and last internet date" article in which the female author finds the handsome male suitor not up to her standards for sexual congress. Never settle girls!

    1. They all have those. They're usually right next to the ones where the women are outraged that men might want to have sex with them. Even if they want to as well.

  3. No Bob, not dumb: just uninterested. And WHY are they uninterested? Because they have little-to-nothing at stake in the outcomes of today's debates. When they do have something at stake, as often as not it turns out that the other side represents their interests better than the side they nominally support. Outside of gay rights and abortion, tell me: what does the average reader of Salon benefit from the progressive agenda? Climate change? Well, that's kind of amorphous; moreover, it seems to be one of the few topics that is capable of rousing "the left" from its customary blithe lethargy. As economic insecurity climbs the class ladder, we've seen some increased interest in that topic, but it will be some time before it even begins to approach some kind of critical mass (by then, it might well be too late). No Bob, they aren't "dumb." They are acting, even if only subconsciously, in accordance to their own interests.

  4. It's hard to imagine anyone who can clothe and feed themselves having much respect for Salon at this point. You check it out for the worthwhile grown up piece that slips in from time to time. As for dumbed down humor, look, that battle is lost in all mediums, and I don't know how we will ever recover. I don't expect to see it happen in my lifetime.

  5. Comparing Bob's three posts to his selection from Salon, I'd say the Fart joke post looks the most promising.

    Each of the three Salon pieces selected by Bob drew a Howler-like less than two dozen comments.

    Joan Walsh's piece on GOP gender ads got 646 comments, however.


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