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April 06, 2012


we had a student paper substitute the word "censorship" for every word in the paper except its ads once.
I called every advertiser in the paper and asked them to reconsider continuing to buy ads with this particular media outlet, even though it was the same student paper I was proud to have worked on the whole time I went to that state university.
They didn't understand the court decision they thought they were cleverly protesting, and they were too lazy to try to write an editorial in defense of their position.
of course by that time I'd been out 10 years and their advisor was no longer a faculty person....

Thanks for mentioning the UT cartoon controversy.
This article in the Houston Chronicle may interest you, perhaps:

I don't find the cartoon to be even minimally insightful. To me, it's just indicative of Stephanie Eisner's lack of intellectual depth. She took the easy way out. I find that more offensive than what she is trying to say, which is more of the same old "blame the media" bullshit.

Of course, editorial cartoons are very often on political topics and thus likely to offend by taking the opposite position than one group or another.

While I agree that it isn't the most insightful cartoon I've ever seen, I also note that it is highly ambiguous. Some of the ambiguity might be cleared up by my looking at the past history of the cartoonist and the UT paper including any moral or political slant, history of April 1 issues, etc. But even then, I could see it as either-or-both a parody or support for those decrying the local police and their questionable investigation combined with "stand your ground" with question of racial overtones - or a parody of those who have jumped instantly to Zimmerman's defense (I could easily hear many of the commenters on my local TV station taking the Faux news approach and saying what the mother said without one hint of irony).

I don't find the cartoon to be even minimally insightful.

These kinds of things usually have two problems: That they're hideously offensive, and that they're NOT FUNNY.

Just because some humor is offensive doesn't mean all offense is automatically humorous.


The man who thinks himself a wit is usually only half right. Or as someone else once said, comedy's hard; dying's easy.

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