Friday, January 27, 2006

It's Your Regular Friday Shriners Update.



I was doing a Google image search for something work-related that wasn't even remotely related to The Shriners but, well, you know how Google goes sometimes, and...
(first, let me say ahead of time, I'm sorry if you're somehow emotionally-connected to these fellas)
...jesus, this whole "dead-seriously driving our little cars" scenario is one of the absolutely stupidest ongoing moments in the history of our Planet.

6 Comments:

Blogger dancing at gunpoint said...

Google image search is my favorite thing in the world, I think.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Jpatrick said...

I just wanna wrap those little carsicles up in plastic, freeze them, and save them for a hot summer day.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Jumper Bailey said...

I have no particular attachment to the Shriners, and without a doubt, the "dead-serious-driving-our-little-cars" aspect has this wonderfully absurd quality to it.

I actually like the seriousness of it. Without going into the "aww...isn't that sweet" stuff (since the Shriners are of course raising awareness of their activities, which usually involve raising money to provide medical care to kids and helping burn victims), I find the notion of being absolutely passionate about something, even something as patently ridiculous as learning secret handshakes, donning fezzes and doing figure-eights in tiny cars to be wonderfully Quixotic. I'm a big fan of Quixote.

And although the Shriners may or may not laugh at their own car-driving activities (and this no doubt depends on the individual Shriner) my own sense is that most of this is being done with absolutely no sense of irony. I think that most of them really are deadly serious about it. Which also appeals to me, as I believe that irony has become wildly overrated in our culture.

This is not haterade for the ironic work of the Copyranter, I hasten to add. You live and work in the media vortex of self-conscious irony and posturing. That you relentlessly attack the stupidity of the ad biz and poke holes in its self-serving and self-satisfied bubble is refreshing and a hell of a lot of fun to read. Not to mention a tad Quixotic.

10:13 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

I have nothing to add to the satisfyingly lucid commentary of Jumper. May this Shriner post never be spoken of again.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Marj said...

Holy shit! Isn't that President Bush in the red car with his Secret Service agent?

1:54 AM  
Blogger Marj said...

These guys must have huge dicks!

1:56 AM  

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