According to the book-jacket endorsements Stephen King (author), Dave Barry, (author), Bill Schulz (producer, Fox News), Chez Pazienza (producer, CNN) and The Smoking Gun website really liked this book. I think it is a one-eyed, mean-spirited view of the media written by a ‘tapeworm’.
Drew Curtis is the founder of the fark.com website. He claims that each day Fark receives 2000 news submissions from its readership, which he filters placing the ones he finds most interesting online.
Curtis does not like journalists or the media at all. For example (there are so many) I paraphrase this quote from his book
”Media will ask survivors the most deplorable questions, such as ”How do you feel right now?” ”Has this changed your life?” At any rate it’s not the interviewee’s fault coming up with stupid answers. Reporters shouldn’t be asking these types of questions in the first place. Just leave the poor bastards alone.”
Yes, I am sure the Bush administration would have been very grateful if the media had not gone to New Orleans to ask Hurricane Katrina survivors how ‘life’ was for them.
‘Bastards' pops up again in another context, when Curtis discusses a story about terrorists utilising heat seeking missiles. ”It said that the success rate with shoulder-fired heat seekers is extremely low because the terrorists are ignorant bastards who don’t read instructions and fire the things when the plane is to close.”
Curtis might like to consider just what is his definition of this swear word that he throws about so casually.
Jackass gets trotted out as well; ”there’s always some jackass who doesn’t come down with it.” He is referring to people who don’t get the flu over winter, where he makes the quite ludicrous claim that everyone gets the flu over winter; except for the ‘jackass'.
And let’s not go past his casual racism.
”You don’t see Canada or Mexico trying to invade the United States every decade or so, although some would argue Mexico has been doing it one person at a time for years now.”
As he wrote the above, it’s reasonable to assume that he agrees with the statement.
With this book Curtis has taken stories that have been on Fark and then rubbishes them and the media for even publishing the story in the beginning. In effect Curtis feeds off the media like a parasite (tapeworm).
In one instant he highlights quotes from an article in ‘Nature' magazine then adds this comment: ”Well no shit. No word if he actually ever said that. The article might as well have said ”If my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle.” Yes, indeed she would."
‘Nature' is a science magazine targeted at a highly-educated audience with a good grasp of scientific principles. Curtis mocks quotes that he does not understand.
Curtis also works up a head of enraged hot air over magazines/newspapers coming up with Top 10/20/50 lists of this and that.
In regards to a Top 50 Sidekicks of All Time article he writes
"Number two was Robin of Batman and Robin fame, followed by George Constanza, Chewbacca, and Ethel Mertz. Who is Ethel Mertz? Exactly my point."
I guess it never occurred to him to try Google!
I’ve only got as far as page 66 on this book. I’ll keep you posted on how the rest of it pans out.
PLEASE NOTE: There has been a further blog on this book. Here.