The Onion and Philosophy
Fake News Story True Alleges Indignant Area Professor
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The Onion has shown us that standard ways of thinking about the news have their grotesque and silly side, and this invites philosophical examination. Twenty-one philosophers were commissioned to provide witty philosophical perspectives on just what makes the Onion so truthful and insightful. Former Governor Sarah Palin reported: I just couldn’t put it down. The Onion and Philosophy is the most exciting book I’ve read since Principia Mathematica.”
Are the Onion writers truly cynical, or just cynically faking it? Does the Onion really have a serious point of view on religion? On sex? On politics? Who cares what Area Man thinks? If everyone’s so dumb, how come so many Onion readers keep on laughing at how dumb they are?
- Open Court, October 2010
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