MONDAY, APRIL11, 2022
Just that it's been said: We aren't saying that this is true.
We're just saying that it has now been said.
We refer to the message being delivered in The Atlantic's new cover essay. The headline above it says this:
WHY THE PAST 10 YEARS OF AMERICAN LIFE HAVE BEEN UNIQUELY STUPID
Have the past ten years of American life been "uniquely stupid?" We don't know how to quantify something like that.
That said, the author refers to a growing "Babel." We will sign up for that development as a significant point of concern.
At any rate, the author said that we've become uniquely stupid. After that, we flipped over to Slate, where we were greeted by this:
RICH JUZWIAK / APRIL 10, 2022 / 6:00 PM
I’m Afraid My Lust for “Milky Ricky” Is Taking Over My Life
When we clicked, we were taken to this:
Dear How to Do It,
I have a strange attraction to confess. My local corner store has these delicious lollipops—they taste like strawberry Chupa Chups, but even better—and they’re called Milky Ricky. The logo is a nubile young cartoon cow; I imagine this is the eponymous Ricky. Lately, I have found myself dreaming about Ricky. I began waking up turgid once a month, but the frequency has increased to once every three days. Even more disturbingly, I only find myself able to perform with my partner when thoughts of Ricky are dancing through my head like sugarplums.
How can I stop pining for my bovine beau, and begin living again?
— How Many Licks
Slate agreed to pretend that the request for advice was real. More and more, and more and more, our blue tribe culture is like this.
Could it be that The Atlantic is right? Not just the part about the Babel, but also the part about the weirdly, uniquely stupid?
In fairness, an earlier example: Dowd kept writing about Gore's bald spot. No one said a word!