The Onion and Philosophy: Fake News Story True Alleges Indignant Area Professor

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The Onion, with its unique brand of deadpan satirical humor, has become a familiar part of the American scene. The newspaper has a readership of over a million, and it reaches millions more with its spin-off books and The Onion News Network. 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 figure out just what makes the Onion so truthful and insightful. Are the Onion ...

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Overview

The Onion, with its unique brand of deadpan satirical humor, has become a familiar part of the American scene. The newspaper has a readership of over a million, and it reaches millions more with its spin-off books and The Onion News Network. 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 figure out just what makes the Onion so truthful and insightful. 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?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812696875
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 1,381,481
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

For Crying Out Loud Sharon M. Kaye ix

Science and Technology 1

1 A Vice Worse than Stupidity Sharon M. Kaye 3

2 Pope Admits: "God Ain't Said Shit to Me" Roberto Ruiz 15

3 Is My Kid Sitting Too Close to His Robot? Luke Cuddy 33

Opinion 39

4 Fuck You, You Fucking Fuck Robert Arp 41

5 What It Is to Be an Asshole Christopher Hallquist 53

6 God versus The Onion Greg Littmann 63

Politics 77

7 Philosophers Interested In Area Man But Not In Gay Way David Benatar 79

8 Would Diogenes Have Read The Onion? Rick Bayan 87

9 There's Something Queer about The Onion Mimi Marinucci 99

World 111

10 The Daily Form Deborah Brown Damien Ledwich Robert Whyte 113

11 Hijackers Surprised To Find Selves In Hell Randall E. Auxier 119

12 Existential Times Paul Loader 131

Business 145

13 Sarcastic Bastards, Useless Bullshit, and Murder Dan Miori 146

14 The Green Onion Matthew C. Altman 159

Local 175

15 Area Man Realizes Error of Ways after Reading Onion Article Noah Levin 177

16 Guy In Philosophy Class Needs To Shut The Fuck Up Matt Laubenthal 185

News Archive 195

17 Area God Hospitalized, Slowly Dying David Kyle Johnson 197

18 Peeling the Layers of Truth Gregory D. Gilson 209

19 Candide's Legacy Douglas Ficek 219

Entertainment 231

20 Fake News Story Not True Andrew Terjesen 233

21 A Philosophical Joke Book? Thomas J. Brommage 247

22 Liar, Liar Cynthia McWilliams 257

America's Finest Philosophers 267

Index of Onion Articles Mentioned in This Book 273

Inside The Onion and Philosophy 283

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Bad

    Boring, annoying, and bitter, much unlike the Onion I know and love.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Not funny. Not artfully written.

    I only made it through the first couple chapters. I was hoping for insightfull and witty. Instead, I thought it was snarky and arrogant. Just not fun. The low point was when one author deprecated her own students.

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