I'm with Stupid

Mark Pilgrim has done a good job of making a fool out of me (and others) in his latest weblog entry on RSS 2.0. Suddenly it's the Dick Van Dyke Show and I'm Mel Cooley.

Mel: "I didn't come here to be insulted!"

Buddy: "Oh, where do you usually go to be insulted?"

Obviously I'd appreciate the skillful way he reels in his catch more if I wasn't sitting here with a big hook in my mouth, but in recent years I've come around to the notion that malicious cleverness is too plentiful to be of much value in a generation raised on a steady diet of ironic derision. Like Andrew Grumet, I'm getting more appreciation for the iconoclasts who aspire to be earnest.

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> malicious cleverness is too plentiful to be of much value
> in a generation raised on a steady diet of ironic derision

Rogers,

This is a remarkable statement. One of very few that (for me) cuts through the clutter and noise.

Thanks!

- Jon

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